HC Deb 05 July 1910 vol 18 cc1507-8

asked the Chief Secretary for Ireland whether his attention had been called to the action of two justices of the peace at Shandangan petty sessions, county Cork, who insisted on adjudicating in an assault case arising out of a dispute over an evicted farm in which they, as members of the United Irish League, supported the claims of the plaintiff Murphy against those of the defendant Kingston who at present occupies the farm; whether, under such circumstances, he will give instructions for the fines against Kingston and the co-defendants to be remitted; and will he call the attention of the Lord Chancellor to the conduct of the two magistrates?


I understand that the solicitor for the defendant Kingston intends to make application to the King's Bench Division to have the proceedings in this case quashed, on the ground that the bench was improperly constituted. In these circumstances no action on my part would appear to be necessary or desirable. No application has been made to the Lord Lieutenant for the remission of the fines.