HC Deb 21 August 1916 vol 85 c2276
88. Mr. LUNDON

asked the Chief Secretary whether he is aware that Mr. John M'Hugh, chairman of the Fermanagh County Council, has been removed from the commission of the peace although he is ex-offico entitled to hold the commission, and that, owing to the regard in which Mr. M'Hugh is held as a public representative, there is indignation at the treatment meted out to him in this matter; will he say what reason is assigned for his removal from the magistracy; and whether he will be immediately restored to the position?


Mr. John M'Hugh was appointed a justice of the peace in the year 1911, and was also a magistrate by virtue of his office as chairman of the Fermanagh County Council. In November, 1915, he wrote a letter in which he suggested that he might use for the promotion of his own interests his position as chairman of a pension committee. Upon his admission that he had written this letter, the Lord Chancellor removed him from the magistracy. The Lord Chancellor has no intention of restoring Mr. M'Hugh to the commission of the peace.