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Payment Of Jurors (Ireland) Bill

Volume 32: debated on Monday 8 April 1895

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I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, whether he is aware that the Jurors' Association in Ireland, the Irish newspapers of all classes of opinion, and several of the Grand Juries have expressed their strong approval of the Payment of Jurors (Ireland) Bill, and whether, under these circumstances, the Opposition of the Government to the measure will be withdrawn?

stated that no representations appeared to have been received in favour of the present Bill, but Resolutions were received in 1892 by the Irish Government of that day in favour of the payment of jurors. The case was one of magnitude, both on the question of principle and on account of the financial considerations involved, and it was desirable that it should receive careful consideration.

asked whether the right hon. Gentleman had not seen that Irish newspapers of all shades of opinion backed up this Bill?

Well, no, Sir. I do not think that I have seen that Irish newspapers of all shades of opinion have backed up this Bill, but still I do know it is supported by hon. Gentlemen in this House representing all Parties in Ireland.

pressed the right hon. Gentleman to say whether the Government could not see their way to introduce a Bill dealing with the whole question?