§ MR. DALY
I beg to ask Mr. Attorney General for Ireland whether he is aware that the Carrickmacross Board of Guardians unanimously passed a resolution that the Local Government Board would reconsider the adjustment made by Colonel O'Hara between Carrickmacross Urban and Carrickmacross Rural Districts; whether he is aware that Carrickmacross Urban District, with a valuation of £3,010, has only to pay £40 4s. 5d., while Carrickmacross Rural District with a valuation of £5,500, has to bear £102; whether he is aware that, according to the statement of the Clerk of the Union of Carrickmacross, Colonel O'Hara only remained there half an hour to adjust the affairs of sixteen electoral divisions; and whether he will direct a further inquiry into the matters complained of.
§ MR. ATKINSON
The resolution referred to in the first paragraph has been received. The figures are as stated in the second paragraph. It is to be observed, however, that there are many items chargeable wholly upon rural divisions, and others upon the urban division, which would affect an apportionment of the total debits based on valuation alone. I am unable to say how long Colonel O'Hara remained at Carrickmacross. A lengthened stay was apparently not required, inasmuch as the adjustment is made upon figures which were certified by the auditor at his audit for the half-year ended March, 1899, and all these figures were obtainable in the office of the Local Government Board. As no error in the figures has been shown, it is not intended to hold a further inquiry as suggested.