§ MR. SLOAN (Belfast, S.)
I beg to ask Mr. Attorney-General for Ireland whether, in view of the statement made 261 by Judge Orr in the appeal case of Inland Revenue v. McArdle, at Newry Quarter Sessions on January 5th last, in regard to the magistrates who heard the case in the first instance, he can say if any official notice has been taken of their action.
§ THE ATTORNEY-GENERAL FOR IRELAND (Mr. ATKINSON,) Londonderry, N.
I have seen a newspaper report of the County Court Judge's remarks in this case. It appears that the magistrates at petty sessions dismissed the case, and that, on appeal by the Inland Revenue authorities, a conviction was had at quarter sessions, the County Court Judge remarking that he could not conceive why the magistrates dismissed the case. There is nothing in this observation to call for any action against the magistrates, and I see no reason why the matter should be brought to the notice of the Lord Chancellor.