HC Deb 22 July 1875 vol 225 c1819

asked the honourable Member for North Warwickshire, If, considering the advanced period of the Session, and the fact that many Irish Members desire to be in Dublin during the first week in August for the O'Connell Centenary, he would consent not to take, on the 4th of August, the Second Reading of the Monastic and Conventual Institutions Bill now fixed for that date?


I should be happy to consult the convenience of the Irish Members in any manner I could; but considering what I have seen in the newspapers respecting the uses to be made of the Centenary, it is rather hard to ask me to contribute to its success. I remember Mr. O'Connell in this House, and I must follow his example upon the only occasion on which I was ever brought into communication with him. I was deputed in 1846 to ask what course with regard to the interests of Irish agriculture he would take upon the commercial measures then proposed by Sir Robert Peel. He received my communication with the utmost courtesy, but declined to give any answer.