§ MR. STACK (Kerry, N.)
I beg to ask the Attorney General for Ireland whether his attention has been called to a resolution unanimously adopted at a meeting of the North Kerry Ratepayers' Association, held in Listowel, on 2nd March last, in which attention is directed to the system of appointing baronial constables for collection of county cess in Ireland, wherein it is stated that, at the last appointment of baronial constables by the Grand Jury of the County Kerry, a solvent and respectable gentleman offered to give sufficient security and to collect the cess for half the poundage given to the gentleman afterwards appointed by the Grand Jury; and whether it is in accordance with the law for the Grand Jury in such a case to appoint a constable; and, if so, will he introduce a Bill to amend the law relating to the appointment of baronial constables in Ireland?
§ THE ATTORNEY GENERAL FOR IRELAND (Mr. MADDEN, Dublin University)
The matter referred to in this question is one which rests with the Grand Jury, who have the power to appoint baronial constables. The Government have no intention of introducing any legislation on the subject beyond that which is contained in the Local Government Bill.