HC Deb 05 May 1881 vol 260 c1838

asked the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, Whether his attention has been called to the following words used by Mr. Justice Fitzgerald at the Commission opened in Dublin on the 7th April last, when addressing the Grand Jury of the city of Dublin:— I am glad to be able to tell you that your duties will be of a very light character at the Commission. I am speaking now in reference not to the list of cases which may go before you, but to the police report generally. The cases are of a very small character, and represent those offences against property principally which are inseparable from a community where a great deal of poverty exists and a period of depression. There is not in the whole a single case of what I would call an aggravated character. Not any one that requires from me observation or instruction; and, whether, if he had this pronouncement before him when the city of Dublin was proclaimed?


Sir, I have read the remarks made by Mr. Justice Fitzgerald at the opening of the Commission in Dublin on the 7th of April last, and I must remind the hon. Member that when the learned Judge made those remarks the speeches at some recent meetings of the Land League Committee in Dublin had not been delivered.