§ MR. J. O'CONNOR) (Wicklow, W.
I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland if he will state on whose recommendation Mr. Mahon, who is Lord Clonbrock's agent, was appointed to the Commission of the Peace for the Betty Sessional District of Ahascragh, County Galway; and whether, in view of the fact that the Ahascragh Bench is now constituted of Lord Clonbrook, his two agents, and the Resident Magistrate, the Lord Chancellor will appoint some gentlemen holding Nationalist opinions to this Bench?
MR. J. MORLEY
Mr. Mahon was appointed on the recommendation of Lord Clonbrook, the Lieutenant of the county. It is the Rule that a principal and his agent shall not sit on the same Bench at the same time, and this Rule will be acted on in the present case. The Lord Chancellor is at present making some appointments of additional Magistrates in the County Galway, and will bear in mind the requirements of the Ahascragh Bench.