HC Deb 15 February 1881 vol 258 cc1727-8

asked the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, Whether his attention has been drawn to the fact that all the public officers of the county Donegal, namely, Resident Magistrates, Clerk of the Crown, Clerk of the Peace, Sessional Crown Solicitor, Secretary to the Grand Jury, County Surveyors, High Sheriff, Sub-Sheriff, Sheriffs Returning Officer, Coroners, two-thirds of the Inspectors of Constabulary, twenty-two out of twenty-seven Petty Session Clerks, the whole of the Visiting Committee of the County Prison, the Officers of the County Infirmary, twenty-four out of the twenty-six Governors of the County Lunatic Asylum, the Clerks of the Union, and the Poor Law Inspectors, are persons differing in religion from the great majority of the population of the county; and, whether the Government will make provision in the County Government Bill promised for Ireland this Session for placing all county officials under the County Board?


in reply, said, that his attention had not been called to the subject except by the Question of the hon. Member; and, indeed, he did not know it should have been called to it, as he did not feel it his business to inquire into the religious views of the officials in any county in Ireland. With regard to the second portion of the hon. Member's Question, he had to say that it was not customary to state very important provisions in any Bill in prospect until the Bill itself was introduced.