HL Deb 26 June 1857 vol 146 cc442-3

Against the Third Reading.

DISSENTIENT—1. "Because the Act 17 & 18 Chas. II. c. 7, for the Kingdom of Ireland, was applicable to every city and corporate town in Ireland, and created a moderate charge on the houses of all Protestants as well as Roman Catholics. Subject to which charges ever since the passing of the said Act all such, property has been dealt with and valued, and it would have been better again to change the collectors and mode of collection by Act of Parliament, providing for a redemption of the said tax than to put the law into operation and then suspend all proceedings against defaulters, who are more favoured by an exemption from this tax than those who have obeyed the law.

2. "Because the withdrawal of this payment will render it more difficult to obtain the consent of Protestants to any future payment by the State of Roman Catholic priests (if such a measure should be hereafter contemplated), and may tend to strengthen the opposition to the Maynooth Grant, and thereby greatly retard the enlightenment of such priests, whose conduct at elections and whose influence as to scripture readers is such, as better-educated men probably would not exhibit, and which conduct and influence ought not to be encouraged and increased by concessions as a direct reward for disobedience to the law.

3. "Because this Act was passed in a House consisting of fewer Members thereof than are together usually elsewhere considered sufficient to constitute a deliberative assembly, and, therefore, it fails to establish the full evidence of hearty goodwill to the Irish people, which should accompany every measure relating to them.


House adjourned at half past Eight o'clock, to Monday next, Eleven o'clock.