§ MR. SWIFT MACNEILL (Donegal, S.)
I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, whether the Officers of the Four Courts, Dublin, constitute practically the only branch of the Civil Service in Ireland which is not affected by Rule 65, although they are not entitled to a retiring pension under the Superannuation Acts, and are therefore primâ facie subject to the Rule; whether there are a number of the principal officers who are considerably beyond the age limit prescribed by the Order in Council; and whether, in these circumstances, he will advise the Lord Chancellor of Ireland to consider the propriety of enforcing the application of the Order in Council in such cases without any further delay.
§ SIR. JOHN HIBBERT
The question whether the Order in Council of August 15, 1890, was applicable to the staff of the Supreme Court, Ireland, was considered in February 1892, by the then Lord Chancellor and Judges of the Supreme Court, who gave their opinion In the negative. There is no official information as to the ages of the principal Officers of the Supreme Court. The Government has under consideration the extension of such provisions of the Order in Council as are applicable, to the establishments of the Departments of the Supreme Courts in the three Kingdoms.