§ MR. MOORE (Armagh, N.)
To ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland if the Irish Local Government Board have received a memorial, signed by forty-one leading ratepayers in the Rathkeale rural district, county Limerick, protesting against the jobbery and corruption of the rural council, and praying for their dissolution and the appointment of paid officers to administer their duties for them; if he is aware that at its meeting in April one of the Nationalist members of the council stated it was corrupt, and another that it was a bad precedent for Home Rule or Devolution; if the ratepayers in this district have already suffered a proved loss of£1,200; and what action the Local Government Board propose to take in the matter.
(Answered by Mr. Birrell.) I refer to my Answer to the Question on this subject put by the hon. Member for North Londonderry on Thursday last.†The Local Government Board have no power to dissolve a rural district council.