24 APRIL 1880, Page 1

It is rumoured that Mr. Forster, who has always felt

a deep interest in Irish affairs, may consent to accept the Irish Secre- taryship, with, of course, a seat in the Cabinet. This would be, from the official point of view, an act of self-abnegation; but Irish affairs are sure to occupy the Ministry, and under those circumstances the Irish office becomes a most important depart. ment of the State. The selection would be most popular in Ireland, where Mr. Forster's sympathy for the people and their difficulties is thoroughly understood. Should this appointment Population and Representation 526 I be made, Lord Carlingford may be again one of those thought of of for the Colonial Office, where, in a previous Administration,

he earned golden opinions from the Colonies.