HC Deb 04 March 1898 vol 54 cc603-4

I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland whether his attention has been directed to the case of Mr. Patrick O'Sullivan, of Killorglin, County Kerry, who for 31 years has been Irish interpreter to the Courts in Kerry at a salary of £30 per annum, although he has of late years performed the duties formerly carried out by two interpreters; whether he is aware that the Grand Jury of the County of Kerry in 1889 unanimously supported Mr. O'Sullivan's application for an increase of salary and specially recommended him to the Treasury; and, whether he will state in whose power it is to grant such increase?

MR. M. J. FLAVIN (Kerry, N.)

Before the right hon. Gentleman answers that Question, I beg to ask if it is not the case that Mr. O'Sullivan has to spend £140 each year at the different Courts in the County, while he only receives 4s. 3d. per day, and has to pay his own railway and hotel expenses?


My attention has already been directed by the hon. Baronet the Member for West Kerry to the subject of the emoluments of Mr. O'Sullivan, and I can only repeat what I have already informed the hon. Gentleman, that the papers in the case have been before the Lord Chancellor of Ireland, who is of opinion that he has no power in the matter, and that, even if he had the power, he does not consider that a case has been made out which would justify him in entertaining O'Sullivan's application for an increase of salary.