HC Deb 23 April 1896 vol 39 cc1502-3

I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, whether he will ascertain whether Lieut.-Colonel John James Hardy Eustace, J. P., was awarded by the Grand Jury of the county of Carlow, at last Assizes, of which he himself was sworn in a member, the sum of £27, in compensation for malicious injury to a thatched cabin or hovel, the thatch and roof of which was burned on his property, the value of which, as fixed by the Government valuator and as stated in the official records in the office of the Grand Jury, was 5s., and on which the taxes due up to the last Assizes were paid by the landlord?


The facts are, I believe, substantially as stated, the rent of the cottage being, however, £1 5s. I informed the lion. Member on Tuesday last that Colonel Eustace, took no part in the deliberations of the Grand Jury when this case was under consideration, and that it was open to the hon. Member himself, or any other ratepayer, to have objected before the Judge of Assize to the amount of compensation awarded. But no such objection was, as a matter of fact, raised.