§ Mr. STEPHEN GWYNN
asked the Chief Secretary whether the gentleman who acts as interpreter in Irish at quarter sessions in Galway has been, since the Local Government Act of 1898, paid a much reduced salary for the same duties as he previously performed; and whether he will arrange that, after the retirement of the present Crown Solicitor, the incoming Crown Solicitor should pay to the interpreter employed by the Crown the same salary as he received up to 1898?
§ Mr. BIRRELL
Mr. Anthony McDonnell, who holds the office of interpreter in Irish for Galway quarter sessions district, was appointed to that office in 1901, after the passing of the Local Government (Ireland) Act, 1898, on the same terms as he holds office at present. His salary has not been reduced, but his predecessor in office on the amalgamation of the City of Galway with the county under the provisions of the above-mentioned Act ceased to draw the allowance which he had for acting as interpreter in city cases at the Recorder's Court. The Crown Solicitor has nothing to do with the matter.