§ 24. Mr. CLANCY
asked the Chief Secretary whether his attention has been drawn to the proceedings at the Raheny (county Dubin) Petty Sessions on Monday, the 17th instant, in the course of which the magistrate present, Captain Napier MacFarlane, in a speech from the bench, insulted the people of the locality and attacked the Home Rule Bill and its principal supporters; and whether he proposes to take any notice of this incident?
§ Mr. RUSSELL
I have seen a newspaper report of the observations alleged to have been made by the magistrate on the occasion referred to, and whilst deprecating the action of any magistrate in referring from the bench to matters of an extraneous nature, wholly unconnected with the business before the Court, it would, I think, be attaching too much importance to the incident to take further notice of it.