HC Deb 09 April 1877 vol 233 cc772-3

asked the Chief Secretary for Ireland, Whether the Lord Chancellor of Ireland has as yet made the promised inquiry into the circumstances affecting the fitness of Mr. William Ancketell to be retained on the commission of the peace for the county Monaghan, made public in the Belfast newspapers; and, if he will lay upon the Table a Copy of the Lord Chancellor's Report?


I submitted such information, Sir, on this subject as was in my possession to the Lord Chancellor of Ireland, who has, I believe, also received a statement from Mr. Ancketell himself. The Lord Chancellor has informed me that he did not consider himself justified in acting without further inquiry, as there is no complete authoritative report or other document to which, as finding the facts, reference could be made. He therefore recommended that an inquiry should be held into the subject by a Queen's Counsel, and a warrant is now being issued for that purpose.