HC Deb 16 March 1885 vol 295 cc1226-7

asked the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, Whether, in the extensive parish of Cloonclare (county Leitrim), within which are held the Petty Session Courts of Manorhamilton and Kiltyclogher, there is only one resident magistrate, Mr. Algeo, and whether Mr. Algeo is now prevented by old age and feeble health from discharging magisterial duty, and the business of the Courts of Manorhamilton and Kiltyclogher is left to depend upon the casual attendance of justices living outside those districts; whether three resident gentlemen, Mr. Michael Maguire, Mr. Laurence M'Dermott, and Mr. John M'Grimes, junior, have been recommended by Catholic clergymen, Poor Law Guardians, ratepayers, and. others in North Leitrim, for appointment to the Commission of the Peace, and whether the Lord Chancellor will appoint them; whether Mr. Thomas Corscadden, of Hollymount, has been recommended; and, if so, by whom; whether his position is that of tenant of grass farms; whether he has been continually under police protection for a long time past; and, whether there is any intention to appoint him?


I find that 20 Petty Sessions were appointed to be held in this district in the six months to the 31st December last, and that only one fell through for want of magistrates. Mr. Algeo attended 13 of these. He is the only local magistrate who attends at Kiltyclogher; but there are four others who attend at Manorhamilton. The names of the gentlemen mentioned have been before the Lord Chancellor and the Lieutenant of the county; but it has not been found possible to appoint them. Mr. Corscadden, who has a property of close on £600 a-year, has been appointed on the recommendation of the Lieutenant of the county. He had been under police protection; but it was withdrawn, at his own request, in August last.