§ MR. HAYDEN (Leitrim, S.)
I beg to ask the Attorney General for Ireland whether his attention has been called to the recent statement of the Chief Secretary for Ireland, that Mr. Percy Morgan, J.P., had obtained money under the Arrears Act, in consequence of an affidavit joined in by him in which he swore that a sum of £30 rent was due to him by Bernard Clogher, his tenant, up to 1st November, 1880; whether he has been furnished with a receipt showing that on the 30th April, 1881 (one year and seven months prior to the swearing of the affidavit) Mr. Clogher had cleared up all rent due by him to the 1st November, 1880; and whether he will make inquiries into the matter, and consider whether the penalties specified in Section 7 of the Arrears Act should be enforced in the case?
§ THE ATTORNEY GENERAL FOR IRELAND (Mr. MADDEN,) University of Dublin
I have not yet had time to obtain the facts necessary to enable me to form an opinion as to the character of the transactions. I will, however, do so without delay.
§ MR. SEXTON
Assuming the receipt to be genuine, does it not show that a swindle has been committed?
§ MR. MADDEN
I am unable to give a complete answer to the question until I know what the facts of the case are.