§ MR. W. J. CORBET
asked the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, Whether it is true that Dr. M. J. Molony was recently elected medical officer of the Arldow Dispensary District by a majority of the committee, but was refused the appointment of medical attendant on the Constabulary, which was given by the authorities to his unsuccessful opponent, who had only obtained his degree three weeks; whether he is aware that Dr. Molony had considerable practice in the mining and manufacturing districts of England; whether it is usual to unite the two offices in country districts where practice is limited and stipends small; and, whether he will inquire into the circumstances under which the Constabulary authorities passed over an experienced medical man in favour of one who had only just obtained his qualification?
§ MR. CAMPBELL-BANNERMAN
Dispensary doctors have no priority of claims to be appointed medical attendants to the Constabulary. Dr. Halpin, who was appointed in this instance, obtained his diploma as surgeon in May, 1883, and as physician in March last. Dr. Molony obtained both diplomas in December, 1882. The appointment was made by the Inspector General on his own responsibility; and he informed me that in making it he had solely in view the interests of the Force.