§ MR. CONWAY (Leitrim, N.)
asked the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, Whether his attention has been called to the presentation of successive Memorials from Glenfarne, county Leitrim, to the Guardians of Manorhamilton Union, praying for redress in the matter of alleged forged nomination papers for Cloonclare division of the said Union at a recent contested election; whether on the occasion of the presentation of a Memorial on the 13th May, 1886, it was met by opposition on the part of a Mr. Corscadden, P.L.G. and J.P.; whether the attention of the Lord Chancellor of Ireland has been called to the language used by Mr. Corscadden at the time; and, whether steps will be taken to secure due considerations for Petitions presented to Boards of Guardians?
§ THE CHIEF SECRETARY (Mr. JOHN MORLEY) (Newcastle-on-Tyne)
Some question has been raised regarding the nomination papers of two candidates who, according to the Return of the election, withdrew from their candidature; but nothing has arisen affecting the validity of the Return to render an inquiry by the Local Government Board necessary, and the Guardians have been so informed. The Lord Chancellor informs me that he has heard nothing of the language alleged to have been used by Mr. Corscadden, who would be quite within his right in opposing the reception of a Memorial. The consideration to be given by Boards of Guardians to communications addressed to them is rather a matter for the Boards themselves.