§ MR. PINKERTON (Galway)
asked the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, Whether his attention has been directed to the trial of a Petition of Right in the Court of Exchequer in Ireland on the 14th and 19th of November, where it was found by the Court that the petitioner, Professor Pye, of Queen's College, Galway, had by the dissolution of the Queen's University, in which he had held an office, lost certain fees to the extent of £300 a-year, being nearly one-half his total income; whether he has considered the statement of Baron Dowse, in giving judgment for the Crown, that the Act dissolving the University should have contained provisions dealing with this loss; and, whether, as the Act was passed by the Legislature on the understanding that no financial injury should be inflicted on any office-holder by its operation, Government will propose legislation or submit an Estimate with a view to carry out the suggestion of the learned Judge?
THE SOLICITOR GENERAL FOR IRELAND (Mr. MADDEN)(who replied) said (Dublin University)
The attention of the Irish Government has been called to the trial alluded to; also to the representations of Professor Pye as to the extent of his losses, and the statement of Baron Dowse in giving judgment. No application has since been made by Professor Pye; but on its receipt the matter will be carefully considered.