HC Deb 18 May 1896 vol 40 cc1550-1
MR. PATRICK M'HUGH (Leitrim, N.)

I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, whether a constable of the Dublin Metropolitan Police is employed as janitor or sexton in the Chapel Royal, Dublin Castle; has a special tour of duty been arranged so as to enable him to discharge this duty; how long is he so engaged, and was the engagement made with the cognisance of the Police Commissioners; how many policemen in Dublin occupy positions other than their legitimate ones; what was the number of civilians who applied for the position of sexton in the Chapel Royal; and, will the Government seek to recover the penalty from the employer or paymaster, under the Act 6 and 7 William IV., c. 29, s. 22?


A constable has been appointed assistant-verger in the Chapel Royal. No special arrangement has been made for the discharge of his duties; as a policeman he performs his full share of police duty, and his duties as assistant verger occupy only one hour and a half of his leisure time each week. He was appointed to the Chapel Royal in February last, with the cognisance and consent of his officers. I am not aware of any member of the Dublin Police occupying a position that is not legitimate. The provisions of the Act in question apply to constables employed as domestic or menial servants, and obviously are not applicable to the present case.