§ MR. CULLINAN (Tipperary, S.)
I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland whether he is aware that the Court of King's Bench recently quashed the surcharges made against the Tipperary Urban Council, but made no order awarding costs to the auditor; will he explain why, under the circumstances, the auditor's solicitor presses for payment of them; and will he take steps to protect the council and the ratepayers in this matter.
§ MR. WYNDHAM
Section 12 of the Local Government (Ireland) Act, 1871, provides that an auditor shall defend a surcharge impeached in the Court of King's Bench "and shall be reimbursed all such costs and charges as he may incur in such defence out of the rates which the governing body of the town interested in the decision of the question have power to make, unless the said Court make an Order to the contrary." No such Order was made by the Court in the present instance.