§ MR. M'COAN (for Mr. MARUM)
asked Mr. Attorney General for Ireland, Whether his attention has been called to attempts at proselytism, upon Roman Catholic patients, at the public institution of the County Infirmary of Kilkenny, which is mainly supported by public rates, to the extent of £700 per annum, levied upon the occupiers of land, and, whereas 95 per cent of the population is Roman Catholic, yet such taxation is disbursed as aforesaid by grand jury panels; and, whether Her Majesty's Government, now paying a supplemental grant of £89 per annum towards salaries of officers of this Infirmary, will institute an official inquiry into the sectarian appointments and management of this public institution?
§ THE ATTORNEY GENERAL FOR IRELAND (Mr. W. M. JOHNSON)
Sir, a sum of £89 1s. 10d. per annum is paid by Government to the Kilkenny County Infirmary, in common with some other infirmaries in Ireland, under 14 & 15 Vict., c. 68, so long as the medical officers holding office at the time of the 661 passing of that Act continue in office. No representations relative to sectarian appointments of officers or to the management of this institution have been made to the Government.