HC Deb 01 February 1900 vol 78 c291

I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland whether he is aware that out of 18 judges in the superior courts in Ireland only three are Roman Catholics; and seeing that another Protestant judge has been appointed within the past few days in a country where two-thirds of the population are Roman Catholics, whether he can devise any means of remedying this state of things.


The reply to the first paragraph is in the affirmative. With respect to the second paragraph, it would appear to me impracticable and mischievous to lay down any rule which should make religion the determining qualification in the appointment of judges.