30 OCTOBER 1841, Page 1


THE event of the week, though one about which comparatively little has been said at the time of its consummation, is the first Municipal election under the new Irish Corporation-law, in Dublin. In spite of the threatened obstructions by the Tories—in spite of the difficulties which they chuckled over, of entangled and incor- rect poor-rate lists—the day has arrived, the law has had its course; the New Corporation is constituted, with a liberal ma- jority of eighty per cent, and the Old Corporation has only sur- vived to pay its expiring homage to a Lord-Lieutenant in which it might have rejoiced. DANIEL O'CoNNELL dignified the occasion by standing for the Aldermanship in two wards ; and he was returned for both. What is more, Alderman O'CoNNELL is to be made Lord Mayor, next Monday. The Tories are consoling them- selves with anticipating some catastrophe in etiquette, when the Repeal Lord Mayor shall be introduced to the Conservative Lord- Lieutenant : but, with all his indiscretions, DANIEL O'CoNssix is not so wanting in tact, nor can Lord DR GREY be so wanting in address, as to make a scandal for the amusement of the gossips. The Reformed Corporation steps into a valuable inheritance of corporate property, estimated at 22,000/. a year, or at 40,0001. under a better management ; and it is loudly called upon to make the most of those resources, without exercising its privilege to levy a borough-rate. The rate-payers seem to think, that, now they are represented in the Council, it follows of course that they must be taxed; and they are hardly reconciled to that bargain, after all their efforts to gain it. The new taxing-machine, the Council, will probably steer clear of the dreaded borough-rate at present, if it were only to avoid bringing odium upon the Repeal Town- Council and LordMayor 0 CONNELL.