HC Deb 05 May 1879 vol 245 c1712

asked the Chief Secretary for Ireland to state, To whom is the appeal of a sub-constable in the Royal Irish Constabulary from an unjust or harsh decision sent back for investigation to ascertain if it is groundless or frivolous; has the county inspector discretionary powers, and within what limit, for the infliction of fines; and, is it a fact that the right of appeal is seldom exercised in consequence of its being considered by the authorities a bar to promotion?


The appeal to which the hon. and gallant Gentleman refers is to be made to the County Inspector. The County Inspector has a discretionary power of fining up to the amount of 10s.; but he has to make Reports periodically to the Inspector-General with regard to all cases in which he has exercised that power. With respect to the other point to which the hon. and gallant Gentleman refers, it is the case that the right of appeal is not often exercised; but it is not the fact that it constitutes any bar to promotion.


Sir, in consequence of the right hon. Gentleman's answer, I beg to give Notice that in Committee of Supply I shall move the reduction of salary of County Inspector of Sligo by £120.