HC Deb 03 August 1906 vol 162 cc1595-6
MR. BOLAND (Kerry, S.)

To ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland whether he is aware that although the petty sessions district of Portmagee, county Kerry, consists of the two parishes of Prior and Keelemilah, covering an area of over 80 square miles, and has within it police stations at Ballinskelligs and Portmagee, where petty sessions are hold, there is not a single resilient justice of the peace, and that if a summons has to be signed or a complaint made the person concerned must go a distance of 10 miles; and whether, in view of the fact that the general public are inconvenienced thereby, and that the rural district council has forwarded a resolution on the subject to the Lord Chancellor, steps will he taken to remedy this grievance by the appointment of a resident justice of the peace.

(Answered by Mr. Bryce.) I have referred this Question to the Lord Chancellor, who informs me that he is causing inquiries to be made into the matters alleged in the Question. The resolution of the rural district council referred to has only been received within the last few days, and there has not been time to complete the inquiries. The Lord Chancellor informs me that the matter will not be overlooked.