§ MR. W. REDMOND (Fermanagh, N.)
asked the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, If his attention has been drawn to the following passage in the address of Mr. Justice Andrews to the Grand Jury of County Fermanagh—Gentlemen of the Grand Jury of the County Fermanagh, it is gratifying to find that there are only four cases to go before you; none of them will keep you any considerable time, and if you would investigate one small bill, and take up the perjury bill, it will greatly facilitate the business. From the character of the bills to go before you, and from the information I have received from officials since I came to the town, I am happy to find that your county is in an orderly state, and it gives me great pleasure to congratulate you on it;and, whether the Government intend to continue the proclamation of Fermanagh under the Criminal Law and Procedure (Ireland) Act, considering the highly peaceable state of the county?
§ THE PARLIAMENTARY UNDER SECRETARY (Colonel KING-HARMAN) (Kent, Isle of Thanet)
(who replied) said, he had seen the newspaper report 1087 of the Judge's Charge referred to. The Government did intend to continue the proclamation in question. It was only Sub-section 3, Section 2 of the Act. That was unusual in Ireland; and the grounds upon which the Government acted, were explained in answer to Questions put on the 25th of July, 1887, and the effect of their action was to assimilate the law of Ireland to that of England.