HC Deb 28 April 1884 vol 287 c747

asked the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, Whether Mr. John Maugan, the present High Sheriff of Drogheda, is the holder of a licence to sell beer, cider, and spirits, "to be consumed on the premises;" and, whether, since section 13 of the 3rd and 4th William 4, chapter 68, enacts that a sheriff or sub-sheriff shall not be capable of "receiving or holding" such a licence, what action the Government intend to take in the matter?


asked whether the Statute referred to was not obsolete?


It is not obsolete. The case stands thus—The 13th section of the 3 & 4 Will. IV. c. 68, does enact that no Sheriff shall be capable of receiving or holding a licence to sell beer, cider, or spirits by retail, to be drunk or consumed on the premises. There is nothing to prevent such a person being appointed Sheriff; but, on becoming Sheriff, he is disabled from acting under his licence. As it is probable that Mr. Maugan, if he has so acted, has done so in ignorance of the law, his attention will be called to the matter.