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Ireland—Representation Of The City Of Dublin—Question

Volume 202: debated on Monday 27 June 1870

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said, he wished to ask the Chief Secretary for Ireland, If he can state what course the Government are going to take with reference to the vacancy in the Representation of the City of Dublin?

said, in reply, that the Government had come to the conclusion that the Report of the Commissioners appointed to inquire into the conduct of the Dublin freemen, while amply justifying the issue of that Commission, was not in respect of the last election sufficiently strong to justify the Government in bringing in a Bill for disfranchising the freemen of Dublin as a body. He might add that, in accordance with precedent, a Bill would be introduced by the Solicitor General for Ireland for the purpose of disfranchising those freemen who had been reported by name in the Schedule as having been guilty of corrupt practices. As soon as that Bill became law a new Writ would issue.