§ MR. DELANY (Queen's Co., Ossory)
I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland whether he is aware that in recent cases under the Criminal Law and Procedure (Ireland) Act several members of local authorities have been sentenced to terms of imprisonment varying from three to six months, with hard labour; and, seeing that those sentences prevent members of local public bodies from acting in their representative capacity, what steps he proposes to take to prevent these disqualifications.
This is a statutory disqualification. It is not proposed to take any steps in the direction suggested.
§ MR. SHEEHAN (Cork Co., Mid)
Were sentences of hard labour imposed in order to disqualify these public men?