§ MR. MACALEESE (Monaghan, N.)
I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland if the vacancy recently caused in the Newbliss, county Monaghan, magistracy, by the death of Mr. Daly, who was a Roman Catholic, was filled by the appointment of a Roman Catholic, or was Mr. Daly's successor a Protestant?
§ MR. GERALD BALFOUR
I am informed that there has not been any justice of the peace named Daly in the Newbliss petty sessions district. With respect to the general question raised by the honourable Member, I can only say that such appointments are governed not by considerations of religion, but of fitness for the office.