§ MR. T. M. HEALY (Longford, N.)
asked the Solicitor General for Ireland, with reference to an answer he had given on Tuesday last as to the trial of Mr. Walsh, of Wexford, Whether that gentleman had been tried on Wednesday before the same Resident Magistrate whose previous conviction of Mr. Walsh on another charge had been quashed; and what steps the hon. and learned Gentleman had taken to prevent the second trial taking place before this same gentleman, who had now passed sentence of five months' imprisonment?
§ THE SOLICITOR GENERAL FOR IRELAND (Mr. MADDEN) (Dublin University)
, in reply, said, he did not give a promise. He said that there was no reason to assume that the magistrates were not perfectly competent to try this case because the Superior Court had differed from them in the former case on a difficult point of law. Not that, probably, the magistrates themselves would prefer that the Court should be differently constituted; and he would have inquiries made, and endeavour that it should be so arranged, if it were practicable. His answer was sent over to Ireland, and, he presumed, that as a change was not made, it was found impracticable, probably because there was not sufficient time.