HC Deb 07 July 1882 vol 271 cc1780-1

asked the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, If a Mr. George M'Ilroy has been appointed one of the Court Valuers by the Irish Land Commission; if it is the case that his only qualification for the post is derived from the occupation of a small farm of about thirty acres; and, considering the importance of inspiring confidence in the impartiality of the Court Valuers, he will communicate with the Commissioners, suggesting to them to reconsider this appointment?


asked the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, Whether Mr. George M'Ilroy, who has lately been appointed Court Valuer by the Land Commission, is also a Deputy County Surveyor, at a salary of £80 a year; and, whether he still holds this situation, not wishing to resign it till he sees how he gets on in his new appointment?


Sir, the Land Commissioners inform me that they appointed Mr. M'Ilroy to his present office on account of his high character for integrity and competence. They have favoured me with copies of some of the testimonials submitted in his favour—one from Colonel Buchanan, and another from Sir Francis Brady—and I must say that they are thoroughly satisfactory. The Land Commissioners themselves have had several of his Reports before them in appeal cases; and they state that those Reports gave them entire satisfaction. With regard to his appointment as Deputy County Surveyor, if he has not already resigned it he must do so. He was appointed a valuer on that understanding.