THE EARL OF MAYO
, in moving for leave to bring in a Bill to facilitate the alteration of days upon which Fairs are now held in Ireland, said the principal object of the measure was to enable an arrangement to be made with respect to the day for opening the great fair of Ballinasloe, which would tend very much to the convenience of a large number of persons. As the law stood at present, the fair at Ballinasloe must be held upon a certain day of the month; but under this Bill the Lord Lieutenant would be empowered to issue an Order in Council providing that the great fair, which lasted for four days, should be held on the first Tuesday in October, and in that way it would always be concluded within the week. It would be also necessary to alter the days on which certain other fairs were held which depended upon the great fair. He might state that the noble Lord who was the owner of the tolls of Ballinasloe fair was favourable to the principle of the Bill, and had expressed a wish that it should be passed into law.
§ Motion agreed to.1147
§ Bill to facilitate the alteration of days upon which Fairs are now held in Ireland, ordered to be brought in by The Earl of MAYO and Mr. ATTORNEY GENERAL for IRELAND.
§ Bill presented, and read the first time. [Bill 48.]