§ MR. JOYCE
I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland whether he is aware of the fact that one of the present members of the Limerick Board of Fishery Conservators. named Mr. Glynn, acted as chairman at two meetings of fishermen held in last September, at which three candidates were nominated to represent the fishermen on the board; that at that meeting twenty-four licences, equal to forty-eight votes, were handed to the secretary to have them filled in as proxies, with instructions to send them to Mr. Glynn for signature by the men; that Glynn gave those licences to the opponents of the fishermen, and by this means got a seat on the board; that when a protest was made some only of the licences were returned, and then only when it was too late to use them for the purpose of the election; and whether, under those circumstances, a full and impartial inquiry will be held into the ease of this election.
The Department of Agriculture and Technical Instruction are making inquiries into the subject of the Question, but these will take some little time. As soon as the result of the inquiries reaches me, I will communicate it to the hon. Member.