HC Deb 24 April 1902 vol 106 c1201
MR. CONDON (Tipperary, N.)

I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord 'Lieutenant of Ireland whether his attention has been directed to the observations of his Honour County Court Judge Moore, who, at Clonmel Quarter Sessions on Wednesday last, on the hearing of an application of Edward Burke for compensation for the burning of a farm, which was opposed by the Rural Council of Cloghen on behalf of the ratepayers, said that the people of Ardfinnan would not care if Burke as well as the house was burned; and whether, having regard to the effect upon the administration of justice of such language used from the bench, the Government propose to take any steps in the matter.


I have submitted the Question to his Honour, in case he may desire to make any observations upon it. But, of course, he is under no obligation to this House, and I have no responsibility in the matter.


May I ask if there is no means by which such wholesale slander of our people can be stopped?


Order, order! Questions with regard to judicial proceedings must be asked in moderate terms.


I do not think our people ought to be slandered by judges or anyone else.