HC Deb 28 April 1884 vol 287 cc745-6

asked the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, If it is true that, at the recent election of Poor Law Guardians for Rathdrum Union, county Wicklow, voting papers were not in some cases distributed to persons entitled to vote whose political opinions were known to be on the popular side; whether it is true that voting papers were not supplied to two voters named Kane and Toner in the Newcastle Electoral Division of the Union; whether, when they went to the workhouse, a distance of fourteen miles, and applied for them, they were refused by the returning officer on the ground that the application was too late; whether such refusal was in accordance with the law; whether the returning officer, Mr. Bernard Manning, is the person who acted as returning officer in the election of a guardian for the Killiskey Electoral Division of same Union in 1882, when it was found on a scrutiny, that forty-seven votes were received by him in the Conservative interest in excess of the lawful number; and, whether, if it should appear that the returning officer has not properly discharged his duty on the present occasion, he will, as President of the Local Government Board in Ireland, take any and what steps to secure the holding of elections for Poor Law Guardians in Rathdrum Union in an impartial manner?


I must ask for further time for inquiry into the matter.


I will postpone the Question till Thursday.