§ MR. J. HAMMOND (Carlow)
I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland whether he is aware that after three abortive elections an appointment to the post of physician to the Carlow Lunatic Asylum has been made by a majority of the Governors, and whether the Board of Control will now ratify the appointment?
MR. J. MORLEY
No official Report has yet been received of the proceedings at the recent meeting of the Board of Governors of the Carlow Asylum in relation to the appointment of an Assistant Medical Officer, though it appears from a newspaper report that such an appointment was made on the 13th instant. The appointment, however, is probationary only in the first instance, and will require to be confirmed by the Governors at a meeting to be held not sooner than three nor later than six months from the date of the probationary appointment. Should the appointment be then confirmed by the Governors, it will be submitted to the Lord Lieutenant for his approval pursuant to Statute.
§ MR. T. M. HEALY (Louth, N.)
Will the only point for the consideration of the Government, when the probationary term comes to an end, be medical fitness and conduct in office, and have no reference to antecedent circumstances?