HC Deb 19 March 1900 vol 80 cc1195-6

I beg to ask Mr. Attorney General for Ireland whether he is aware that the late Judge William O'Brien willed his library to the Jesuit Fathers in Dublin, and that the bequest was not carried into effect because of the legal disabilities affecting Roman Catholics still on the statute book; and whether he proposes to take any step for the removal of these disabilities.


I am not aware that any case dealing with the construction of the late judge's will has come before any court of justice. It is quite competent for testators by adopting well-known forms of bequest to secure to members of these bodies the practical enjoyment of property. Whether the late learned judge adopted one of these forms or not I do not know. The reply to the last paragraph is in the negative.