§ MR. LONSDALE (Armagh, Mid.)
I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland if he will explain the reason why, in the case of the city of Limerick, which has refused to pay any charges for extra police for twenty years, steps have not been taken to enforce payment.
§ MR. JOYCE (Limerick)
Is it not the fact that no extra police were required in the city of Limerick owing to its peaceable condition?
§ MR. WYNDHAM
The sum claimed against the Limerick Corporation extended over the period from 1st October, 1881, to 31st March, 1886. As the law then stood no satisfactory remedy for its recovery was provided. Many, if not most, of the members of the corporation who refused to pay are no longer members of that body, and successive Governments have declined to take proceedings against the corporation, believing that such proceed- 1366 ings would not have led to the recovery of the debt. The claim certainly does not come within the spirit of the 80th Section of the Local Government Act of 1898, nor is it considered to come within the letter of that enactment.