§ MR. H. J. WILSON (York, W.E., Holmfirth)
asked the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, Whether it has been reported to him that the Reverend H. Dolamore has been "Boycotted" by the members of the Methodist New Connection, of Priest-hill, near Hillsborough, County Down, on account of his opinions as a Liberal and Home Ruler; whether he is aware that Mr. Dolamore has been obliged to resign his position; and, what steps he proposes to take in this case?
§ THE CHIEF SECRETARY (Mr. A. J. BALFOUR) (Manchester, E.)
I understand that the rev. gentleman referred to, who was appointed to the charge of a Methodist church near Hillsborough, County Down, in June last, had dealt with political opinions in the pulpit which were objectionable to his congregation, the large majority of whom ceased to attend the church, and that he has in consequence resigned his position. The Government do not see anything in the matter calling for interference on their part.