HC Deb 04 December 1916 vol 88 c638

asked the Chief Secretary for Ireland if he can say under what Statute or Regulation the Local Government Board can on the ground of his being of military age veto the appointment of a doctor for a dispensary district in Ireland after his election by the guardians of the union of that district at a meeting properly convened for that purpose; whether he is aware that the Local Government Board refuse to-sanction the appointment of Dr. Michael Fitzgibbon for the Askeaton, county Limerick, dispensary district, because he is of military age; and whether, as the guardians of the Rathkeale Union will not comply with their decision, he will have his appointment sanctioned and thus be the means of preventing friction in this matter?


I understand that the Local Government Board (Ireland) have refused sanction to the appointment in question. If the guardians of the Rathkeale Union do not comply with the decision of the board, litigation will, no doubt, ensue. I think I ought not to prejudice a decision of the questions which are likely to arise by any statement at this time.