§ MR. D. MACALEESE (Monaghan, N.)
I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland what steps have been taken by the Lord Chancellor of Ireland to remove the Petty Sessions Court of Newbliss from the building in that town used as an Orange lodge; what steps the Lord Chancellor of Ireland has taken in regard to the magistrates who joined in an Orange demonstration in Newbliss on the 13th July instant, wearing orange sashes and other party decorations; and, has any correspondence passed between the Lord Chancellor and these magistrates; and, if so, will he have it laid upon the Table of the House?
§ MR. GERALD BALFOUR
On Tuesday last I stated that the attention of the Lord Chancellor had been drawn to the occupation on the 13th inst. of the justices' room at Newbliss by a number of members of Orange lodges. As to what action, if any, it may be proposed to take in this connection, the matter is obviously one requiring reasonable time for inquiry and consideration; but the Lord Chancellor informs me that he has taken no action, nor does he propose to take any, with regard to the participation of certain magistrates in the demonstration of the 13th inst. by wearing sashes and party decorations. I am not aware whether any correspondence has passed between the Lord Chancellor and these gentlemen; but, in any event, if such a correspondence should take place, I cannot promise to lay it on the Table of the House.