§ MR. CRILLY (Mayo, N.)
I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland whether his attention has been called to the fact that, at the Petty Sessions held in Belmullet, County Mayo, on the 12th of July, Mr. James Padden, the holder of a six days' licence, was fined by Mr. Dillon, R.M., 10s. and costs for having persons on his premises on Sunday, the only evidence being that of a police sergeant, who deposed that he saw two men going into the house; whether he is aware that it was proved that Mr. Padden's shop was locked; that he himself was not at home and that he had the keys with him; that the men whom the policemen saw only called to get change of a banknote; and that no drink at all was sold on the occasion; and whether, under these circumstances, the Law Officers of the Crown will advise the remission of the fine imposed on Mr. Padden?
§ MR. A. J. BALFOUR
I am informed that from the evidence adduced, the Court was satisfied that the men summoned had been on the premises in contravention of the Licensing Act. Mr. Padden had full power under the Act to appeal if he considered the decision wrong; but he did not do so. I am advised there is no ground for the course suggested in the last paragraph.