§ MR. MACALEESE () Monaghan, N.
I beg to ask Mr. Attorney General for Ireland whether he is aware that Clones Rural District Council No. I have passed a resolution condemning the practice of using the Newbliss court-house for party purposes; and that the Monaghan County Council have adopted the resolution of the Clones Rural Council calling for a discontinuance of the practice of holding periodical party meetings in the courthouse, and hoisting party flags on the building: and what steps do the Irish Executive propose to take in the circumstances.
§ MR. ATKINSON
Resolutions, I understand, have been passed to the effect stated in the first paragraph. The practice of holding party meetings in and of displaying party flags from a building used as a courthouse in any part of Ireland is, in the view of the Government, most objectionable, and the magistrates concerned in this case who have already been communicated with in the matter concur in that opinion. Some doubt apparently exists in their mind as to their powers of control over the one room in the building which is used for the purposes of petty sessions. The Government will inquire further into the matter.