HC Deb 21 July 1884 vol 290 cc1726-7

asked the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, Whether a vacancy has occurred, or is about to occur, in the office of Adjutant in the Constabulary depôt, Phœnix Park; and, whether, as the commandant of the depôt is invariably a Protestant, and the majority of the recruits and constables there are Catholics, a Catholic will now be appointed according to the usual rule?


The Inspector General informs me that a vacancy in the office of adjutant in the Constabulary depôt, Phœnix Park, has not occurred, but that he has heard unofficially that the present adjutant has expressed an intention shortly to retire. There is no rule as to the religious profession of the holder of this office, nor is it intended to make one. It is the desire of the Inspector General, in the event of a vacancy occurring, to appoint the most eligible officer without reference to religion.