HC Deb 28 February 1881 vol 258 cc1851-2

asked Mr. Attorney General for Ireland, If his attention has been called to a lottery at Dublin under the patronage of the Lord Mayor, said to be on the plan of the Art Union, but at which considerable sums of money are offered, either directly or as alternatives to the prizes; whether this circumstance puts it out of the category of Art Unions and makes it an illegal lottery; and, whether any steps will be taken to vindicate the Law in Ireland as would be in England or Scotland under like circumstances?


My attention has been called by the Question of my hon. Friend to the bazaar and distribution of prizes to be held in Dublin next month in aid of the fund for erecting a Memorial Convent. The arrangements seem to be of the same character as those which have been adopted from time to time for other charitable bazaars in Ireland, and which, for many years past, have been suffered by successive Governments to pass unchallenged. I see no sufficient reason for departing from this course in the present instance.