HC Deb 25 June 1878 vol 241 cc210-1

asked the Chief Secretary for Ireland, Whether it is proposed to withdraw the Local Administration of Justice from the Island of Arranmore, on the coast of Donegal, where it has been established for many years, and to remove the Petty Sessions Court to the mainland, contrary to the wishes and to the serious inconvenience of the island population, numbering about 1,600?


Sir, the proposal to which the hon. Gentleman refers, to withdraw the local administration of justice from the Island of Arranmore, is entirely in the hands of the magistrates. The Lord Lieutenant can only urge a re-consideration of the matter, supposing it is thought any inconvenience might arise. I have conveyed an intimation to the magistrates that I think, under the circumstances, it would be advisable, if they can see their way in so doing, to allow some time to elapse in order that the wishes of those personally interested may be consulted. I have not yet been made aware whether they intend to adopt that course.