HC Deb 17 June 1880 vol 253 cc186-7

asked the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, Whether his attention has been drawn to the judgment of Baron Fitzgerald in the Athlone Election Petition, and to his observations upon the number of persons employed by both parties as personating agents, and in particular upon the employment in that capacity of Roman Catholic clergymen, as calculated to frustrate the protection intended to be afforded to the voters by the Ballot Act; and, whether he would have any objection to lay upon the Table of the House a copy of a portion of the learned Baron's judgment which contains said observations, with a view to having it printed and circulated among the Members?


in reply, said, he might be wrong, but he believed the judgments in all Election Petitions were laid on the Table. In this parti- cular case it had not been laid on the Table, and he had waited until it was before the House before he looked at it himself.


said, the judgment had been delivered in the House, but not printed in the Votes.