HC Deb 04 April 1879 vol 245 cc365-6

asked the Chief Secretary for Ireland, Whether it is true that the Government demanded a sum of £550 12s. 11d. from the County Limerick Grand Jury at last Spring Assize, for the conveyance of prisoners, which sum had already been paid (at a previous Assize) to their county inspector; and, if the Government were aware that this money had been paid to their official before they made a second demand for the same amount from the Grand Jury?


I am told that, as a matter of fact, no demand has been as yet made upon the Grand Jury, though it is the case that a liability exists to the amount specified. The circumstances in which the sum is due are as follows:—The Board of Superintendence are bound by statute to pay the sums from time to time due from the county to the several sub-Inspectors of Constabulary. It appears that in Limerick the money was, in contravention of the Act, paid to the county Inspector, who appropriated it to his own use. The question was submitted to the Law Officers of the Crown, who were of opinion that the county was liable to make good the amount. I need hardly add that the county Inspector was at once dismissed from the Force.