HC Deb 01 April 1884 vol 286 cc1271-2

asked the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, Whether a complaint has been made to the Irish Local Government Board, that Mr. Thomas Simpson, of Cannatogher, county Sligo, a candidate in the recent election of Poor Law Guardian for the Drumcliffe West Division of the Siigo Union, did, after the distribution of voting papers to the persons entitled to vote in the said division, illegally take possession of and carry away the voting papers left with certain, of such voters, and keep them for several hours in his possession; whether Mr. John M'Govern, also a candidate in the said election, lodged with the returning officer, the clerk of the Sligo Union, before the declaration of the return, a protest embodying the above complaint; whether, nevertheless, the relieving officer declared Mr. Thomas Simpson duly elected; and, what course the Local Government Board will take in regard to the election?


The Local Government Board informed me that a complaint has been made to them to the effect described in the Question, and that they will proceed to make such inquiries as may be necessary under the 23rd section of the Act of 6 & 7 Vict, with the view of determining whether or not Mr. Simpson is entitled to act as an elected Guardian.