HC Deb 29 July 1889 vol 338 cc1578-9

I beg to ask the Solicitor General for Ireland if his attention has been drawn to the following passage in the report which appears in the Cork Herald, of 17th July, of the trial of Michael Donovan, at Ballinspittal Petty Sessions:— On the Bench was Dr. Hungerford Baldwin Sealy, lately made J.P., one of the party who were returned for trial last August at Bandon, for riotous assembly, and illegally breaking into a tenant's house. On that occasion the inmates, including a woman and two helpless children, were assaulted by Dr. Sealy and his companions. Proceedings were taken against them, and they were returned for trial, the chairman being the very Mr. Cronin along with whom Dr. Sealy was adjudicating yesterday; whether it is true, as alleged, that Dr. Sealy was appointed a Justice of the Peace while a criminal charge was hanging over his head; and, whether he will call the attention of the Lord Chancellor to the part Dr. Sealy is alleged to have played on the occasion?


I understand that Dr. Hungerford Sealy, a gentleman of independent position, was appointed last year to the Commission of the Peace for the County Cork on the recommendation of the Lord Lieutenant of the county in the ordinary way. It appears that proceedings were initiated by a tenant against Dr. Sealy, and that there were counter proceedings against the tenant. These charges appear to have arisen out of some disputes which have been long since settled. I am informed that no bill in the case was sent up to the Grand Jury. The Lord Chancellor for Ireland sees no reason to take any action in the matter.