§ MR. BERESFORD
asked the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, What was the reply given by the authorities in Ireland to a question of which notice was given by the honourable Member for Cavan on the 19th February, viz.: 451Whether it is a fact that a man named Starr, recently appointed Clerk of the Petty Sessions at Newtown Hamilton, has been three times convicted of drunkenness in Armagh; and, if so, whether he will have the appointment cancelled;and, whether there is the slightest foundation for this allegation against the character of Mr. Starr?
§ MR. CAMPBELL-BANNERMAN
I informed the hon. Member for Cavan (Mr. Biggar), by letter, of the result of the inquiries I made in this case; but I am glad to have the opportunity of publicly stating that there was no foundation whatever for the allegation against the character of Mr. Starr, which is quoted in the present Question.