HC Deb 28 April 1884 vol 287 c735

asked the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, How many Catholic magistrates are there in the P. S. District of Castle-blayney, county Monaghan; is it the fact that, although the vast majority of the magistrates are non-Catholic, another Protestant magistrate has been appointed within the last few months, and that the Lord Chancellor has it in contemplation to still further increase the disparity, by creating another non-Catholic justice in the town; is he aware that a strong feeling prevails amongst the majority of the inhabitants of Castleblayney on the subject; and, is it the case that there is no Catholic in the town fit to be made magistrate?


There are no Roman Catholic magistrates in the Petty Sessions district of Castleblayney. On the 9th of January last, there being then much need of a magistrate in the district, a gentleman in every way qualified for the Commission of the Peace was appointed. He is a Protestant. The name of no Catholic gentleman has been submitted to the Lord Chancellor either then or since.