§ MR. HAYDEN (Leitrim, S.)
asked the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, Whether Constable Phillips, of Ballygar, who draws lodging allowance with his pay, has a house rent free from Mr. John Bagot, for acting as gatekeeper for him; whether the constable was changed from Ballygar in February last; whether, on Mr. Bagot's application to County Inspector John Mark O'Brien, he was changed back to Ballygar, and resumed his position in the gatehouse; and, whether it is in accordance with the Rules of the Force that a constable may discharge the duties and receive the remuneration above referred to?
§ THE CHIEF SECRETARY (Mr. A. J. BALFOUR) (Manchester, E.)
, in reply, said, the Inspector of Constabulary reported that it was the case that the constable referred to had a house from the gentleman named; but it was not the case that he had acted as caretaker. It was true that he was transferred; but he was re-transferred at his own request. The constable, being a married man, was not accommodated in the 1218 barracks. There was no objection to his holding a house rent free if he could get it; but he was prohibited from rendering service for it.