HC Deb 04 June 1835 vol 28 cc533-4
Mr. Bish

rose to move an Address to his Majesty, praying him to hold his Court and Parliament occasionally in that part of the United Kingdom called Ireland. He observed, that the experience of every day strengthened his conviction of the necessity of doing something for Ireland. He had looked anxiously at the notices of Motions regarding that part of the Empire, but found nothing proposed of a satisfactory nature, or which seemed calculated to render the present Resolution unnecessary. The hon. and learned Member for Dublin had a Motion on the paper relative to a poor-rate for Ireland, but he doubted whether such a plan, if carried into effect, would materially benefit the people of that country. He had not seen anything to alter the opinion which he formerly expressed, that the present Resolution, was calculated to promote the in- terests of Ireland in no small degree. Measures for the relief of Ireland were imperatively required by the condition of that country. Considering the state of feeling of the population, it was only surprising they had remained tranquil so long. The hon. and learned Member for Dublin had been called—and perhaps he was—a considerable agitator, yet the hon. and learned Member was the man who kept Ireland quiet. Had it not been for him some dreadful proceedings would have occurred there long since. It had been objected that great inconvenience would be occasioned by the absence of the necessary records. Duplicates, however, could be made and kept in Dublin, without entailing any great expense on the public. The hon. Member concluded by moving the Address to the Crown.

Dr. Baldwin

seconded the Motion.

Mr. Cresset Pelham

wished that the hon. Member would so far alter the terms of his Motion as to leave to his Majesty the discretion to hold the Parliament either in Scotland or Ireland, or generally in distant parts of the Empire.

Mr. Ruthven

supported the Motion, because he thought that a domestic Legislature in Ireland would be of great benefit to the country.

Mr. Grattan

thought, that as the present Government were disposed to do justice to Ireland, the Motion before the House should be postponed until the nature of their measures were known.

Dr. Baldwin

had seconded the Motion, because he believed that the hon. Mover was actuated by kind feeling towards Ireland. He did not, however, think it was one that would meet with general concurrence in this country.

An hon. Member moved that the House be counted.

The House was counted out.