§ MR. P. J. POWER (Waterford, E.)
asked the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, Whether any steps can be taken to have the prosecutions instituted by the Conservators of the River Suir against fishermen for net fishing between the towns of Clonmel and Carrick on Suir, a right enjoyed by the fishermen for generations, postponed, pending the proposed inquiry into this subject by the Select Committee on Salmon Fisheries (Ireland)?
§ THE CHIEF SECRETARY (Mr. JOHN MORLEY) (Newcastle-on-Tyne)
, in reply, 1279 said, the Government had no power to suspend prosecutions in cases where they were not the prosecutors; but he understood that the Inspectors of Fisheries had communicated with the Board of Conservators, expressing their opinion that under the present circumstances prosecutions ought to be suspended for such offences, and owners of the fisheries left to enforce their rights. Beyond that the Government could not go.