HC Deb 04 August 1906 vol 162 cc1798-9
MR. FLAVIN (Kerry, N.)

To ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieu tenant of Ireland, whether he is aware that Captain Robert Leslie, D.L., Tarbert, county Kerry, and his solicitor, Mr. Thomas Windle, compelled with threats of instant dismissal the process server of Tarbert to serve notices to quit on some town tenants of Captain Leslie, and that as a result the civil bill officer has left the country rather than serve any more such notices; and will he say if it is part of the duty of a civil bill officer to serve such notices for a landlord or his solicitor; and, if not, will any notice be taken of this conduct on the part of a magistrate and a solicitor.

(Answered by Mr. Bryce.) I am informed that Michael Mangan, process and summons server, Tarbert, failed to appear at last Listowel quarter sessions, that he had neglected to serve several processes, and had been fined at the previous quarter sessions for neglect of duty. I am further informed that it is not the fact that Mangan was threatened by either Captain Leslie or Mr. Windle. I am advised that it is no part of the duty of a civil bill officer to serve notices to quit. In any event civil bill officers are under the control of the County Court Judge and not of the Executive Government.