§ MR. PATRICK O'BRIEN (Monaghan, N.)
I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland whether the Local Government Board have yet fixed the date for holding the sworn inquiry into the election of the several members of the Cork Board of Guardians alleged to have been returned by the forgery of proxy votes; whether he is aware that certain candidates who were defeated in the last election are prepared to prove wholesale forgery of votes against persons who were elected, and that delay in holding the inquiry may result in some of the alleged forgers absconding, and thus defeat the ends of justice; and whether, under all the circumstances, he will cause the inquiry to be held at once?
§ *MR. JACKSON
The Local Government Inspector has been already instructed to hold inquiries in four other 1293 cases of disputed Poor Law elections. So soon as these are closed the cases referred to in this question will be investigated.