§ MR. COX (Clare, E.)
asked the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, Whether it is a fact that, after a few years' service as Governor of Clare County Prison, Mr. Healy was awarded a yearly pension of £117, charged upon the county rates, and that the Clare Grand Jury were not consulted on the subject; upon what authority this course was taken; and if Mr. Healy still holds a salaried position as a public servant?
§ THE CHIEF SECRETARY (Sir MICHAEL HICKS-BEACH) (Bristol, W.)
Seven years ago Mr. Healy was granted a pension of the amount stated; £102 per annum of this sum is payable by the late prison authority, and the balance by the Treasury. The pension was awarded, in the usual course, by the Lords of the Treasury, who had all the facts before them. It is not usual to consult the Grand Juries with reference to prison officers' superannuation, as the matter is regulated by statute—(Section 32 of the Prisons Act, 1877). I am not aware how Mr. Healy is now employed.
§ SIR MICHAEL HICKS-BEACH
I am not aware. If he returned to the Public Service, the general rule would be, that he would no longer receive a pension; but I will inquire into the matter.