HC Deb 05 June 1896 vol 41 cc514-5
MR. D. MACALEESE (Monaghan, N.)

I beg to ask the Attorney General for Ireland, what steps, if any, have been taken to quash the committal orders recently issued by Ballygawley magistrates under the Employers' and Workmen's Act; can he state how many such committal orders under the said Act have been issued by the Ballygawley Bench since 1st January 1890, and how many persons have been arrested on those committal orders; can he state, actually or approximately, how many persons are known to the constabulary to have left the country to escape arrest under those orders; and, will he adopt means to have it intimated to the magistrates of Ireland that the Employers' and Workmen's Act does not apply in the case of borrowers from the Loan Fund, or in that of the sureties of such borrowers?


In the few hours which have elapsed since this Question has been put upon the Paper, I have been unable to obtain a report on the numerous matters inquired after; but it might possibly satisfy the hon. Member to be informed that the warrants have not been, and will not be, executed by the police. As the magistrates are independent judges, it would be improper of the Executive to instruct them on questions of law arising from their decision.