§ MR. SEXTON (for Mr. T. M. HEALY)
I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland if he will explain why it is that Messrs. Felix Keirans & Co., a Catholic firm of ironmongers, have been refused a licence to sell gunpowder by the Clones Commissioners on the ground that the firm also held a spirit licence; whether the Commissioners granted a gunpowder licence to J. C. Deiring & Co., Clones, a Protestant firm, who also hold a spirit licence; and do the police object to Messrs. Keirans getting a gunpowder licence?
§ MR. A. J. BALFOUR
The ground of refusal appears to have been not that indicated in the question, but the want of proper accommodation for storing, the powder. The police have no personal objection in the matter.