HC Deb 14 February 1895 vol 30 c727

I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland whether, having regard to the evidence given at the public inquiry held in Ennis on 8th June, 1888, by Mr. J. O'Meara, Assistant Commissioner on Market Rights and Tolls, and also to the Petition presented to His Excellency the Lord Lieutenant by the Town Commissioners of Ennis on the 22nd May last, praying for an immediate inquiry into the right, if any, of Lord Leconfield to levy tolls, and to the reply given by the Lords Justices of Ireland, the Government will bring in a Bill enabling the Town Commissioners of Ennis to acquire the right of levying tolls and establishing markets, on such terms and conditions as may be considered equitable and just?


I have already informed the hon. Gentleman that the validity of Lord Leconfield's Patent to the Customs and Tolls of Ennis came before a Jury in 1847, that evidence was then given on behalf of the Crown and the Patentee, and that there was a disagreement of the Jury. No proceeding has since been instituted to impeach the Patent, and there is no evidence forthcoming for the purpose. I can only again add that whatever may be the opinion as to the necessity for general legislation, the Government do not propose to introduce a Bill dealing with any one particular place.