§ MR. WILLIAM REDMOND
I beg to ask Mr. Attorney-General for Ireland whether he is aware that several persons in Ireland are disqualified for election to public bodies in Ireland under the Local Government Act, owing to the fact that they have been imprisoned with hard labour, under the Criminal Law and Procedure (Ireland) Act, 1887; and whether he will take steps to remove this disqualification.
§ THE ATTORNEY-GENERAL FOR IRELAND (Mr. CHERRY,) Liverpool, Exchange
Under the Local Government Act, 1898, and the Schedule to the application of Enactments Order of 22nd December, 1898, persons convicted either on indictment or summarily of any crime and sentenced to imprisonment with hard labour are disqualified for election to county or district councils in Ireland for a period of five years. The Government have no present intention of introducing any Bill to alter the law in this respect.