§ MR. MAINS (Donegal, N.)
I beg to ask the Secretary to the Board of Trade if he would state the grounds on which the Board have declined to act upon the recommendation of the Irish Lights Board, and grant William Callaghan, light keeper, full pension upon his services from 1848; whether the full pension has been granted in other cases quite similar; and whether his case will be reconsidered?
§ MR. BURT
Although William Callaghan was employed by the Irish Lights Board as a painter previous to 1859, it was only in that year that he entered the permanent service of the Commissioners as assistant light-keeper and became entitled to pension. There are, I believe, some cases in which temporary service under the Irish Lights Board has been allowed to count for pension, but the fact that the service was of a temporary character was not within the knowledge of the Board of Trade when such pensions were being considered.