§ Mr. FETHERSTONHAUGH
asked whether any, and, if so, how many, licensed publicans have been appointed in Ireland to be justices of the peace within the past six months; in what counties and on whose recommendation; was the Lord Chancellor of Ireland in each case aware that the person appointed was a publican; and whether the persons appointed are authorised to act as justices in the districts in which they carry on licensed business?
§ Mr. BIRRELL
I understand that five persons who held a licence were appointed by the Lord Chancellor to be justices within the period mentioned. They were in the county of Mayo, where in some parts it is difficult to procure suitable persons. One was already a magistrate by Statute under the Local Government Act. One was recommended by the lieutenant of the county, and the others each by more than one person in whose judgment the Lord Chancellor had confidence. In each case the Lord Chancellor required as a condition of the appointment that there should be a transfer of the licence.