§ MR. SEXTON (Belfast, W.)
asked the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, Whether, on the occasion of the recent Parliamentary Election for North Antrim, Captain Robinson, the only available magistrate in the town of Portrush, refused, on the day previous to the polling, to take the declarations of secrecy of the agents of the Liberal candidate, who attended before him for the purpose; whether he first refused on the ground that the declarations were not stamped; whether he was entitled to offer such an objection; whether the documents having been stamped at his direction, he a second time refused to sign thorn, on the plea that they were not properly drafted; whether he did not sign them until after he had caused much annoyance and loss of time; and, what notice will be taken of his conduct?
THE ATTORNEY GENERAL FOR IRELAND (Mr. HOLOMES) (Dublin University)
(who replied) said: The Government have no knowledge of, and have received no information as to, the alleged occurrence. If any person thinks he has cause for complaint against the action of any Justice of the Peace in his magisterial capacity, the proper course is to communicate with the Lord Chancellor, who will take the necessary action.