HC Deb 06 March 1900 vol 80 c215

I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland will he explain why the Local Government Board have taken steps to remove Mr. P. K. O'Halloran from acting as district councillor on the council of the Kildysart Union, seeing that Mr. Halloran represents the Labour party in that district, for which he was elected by a large majority.


The Board have not taken steps to remove Mr. O'Halloran from the office of district councillor. His election as a representative of the Labour party would not, of course, disqualify him from acting as councillor, but it having been ascertained that he is a tenant of a labourer's cottage, held from the district council, the Local Government Board have expressed the opinion that, as such, he is disqualified by the provisions of Article 12, paragraph 4 (e) of the Application of Enactments Order from being a member of the district council to which he is tenant. The Board are about to obtain ajudicial decision in order to test the validity of this opinion, and in the meantime no further proceedings will be taken against Mr. O'Halloran.