HC Deb 04 June 1894 vol 25 cc305-6
MR. T. W. RUSSELL (Tyrone, S.)

I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland if he has had his attention drawn to a report of the proceedings at the Newry Petty Sessions on Wednesday last by which it appears that Mr. John O'Hare, one of the recently appointed Magistrates, was fined 2s. 6d. and costs for drunkenness on the streets of Newry; and whether he will draw the attention of the Lord Chancellor to the matter?


Is it not a fact that Mr. O'Hare was only appointed Town Justice because of his position as Town Commissioner for Warrenpoint, is he not a man over 80 years of age, and has he not ceased to act in any public capacity since the death of his wife? Is it not the case, too, that he is not in the Commission of the Peace at all?


As the hon. Member for Kerry suggests, Mr. O'Hare is not in the Commission of the Peace.


I never said he was.


The question certainly lends itself to that construction, otherwise there is no point in it at all. As Town Commissioner for Warrenpoint he was also Town Justice for the limited purposes of the Towns Improvement Act, but inasmuch as he ceased to be Town Commissioner in October of last year, his term of office as Town Justice also expired on the same date.