20 1924


Part II.


Minister may appoint assistant under-sheriffs.

16. —(1) It shall be lawful for the Minister from time to time to appoint such number of fit and proper persons as he shall consider necessary to be assistant under-sheriffs to perform such duties as shall from time to time be assigned to them respectively under this Act:

Provided always that the number of assistant under-sheriffs appointed and holding office under this Act shall not exceed six at any one time.

(2) A person appointed under this Act to be an assistant under-sheriff may be removed from that office at any time by the Minister.

(3) Every assistant under-sheriff appointed under this Act shall be paid out of moneys provided by the Oireachtas such salary as the Minister shall, with the sanction of the Minister for Finance, determine.

(4) It shall not be necessary for any person appointed under this Act to be an assistant under-sheriff to possess the qualifications prescribed by sub-section (3) of section 1 of the Sheriffs (Ireland) Act, 1920, for persons appointed to be under-sheriffs.

Duties of assistant under-sheriff.

17. —(1) Every assistant under-sheriff appointed under this Act shall be attached as assistant to such under-sheriff and for such time as the Minister shall from time to time direct, and shall perform such of the duties of that under-sheriff as such under-sheriff shall, pursuant to general instructions of the Minister, direct.

(2) Every assistant under-sheriff while performing any duty assigned to him by or under this Act shall be under the same obligations, have the same rights, authorities, privileges, and immunities, and be entitled to levy or charge, and to retain the same fees, as the under-sheriff to whom he is attached as assistant would while performing such duty be under, have, or be entitled to levy or charge and retain.

Half salary of assistant under-sheriff to be defrayed by county or borough.

18. —(1) Whenever an assistant under-sheriff is attached under this Part of this Act as assistant to the under-sheriff of any county or county borough, one moiety of the salary of such assistant under-sheriff for the period during which he is so attached shall be defrayed by the council of such county or county borough, and shall, in the case of a county, be paid out of the poor rate as a county-at-large charge, and, in the case of a county borough, out of the rate or fund out of which the general expenses of the council of the county borough are payable or out of any other rate or fund which the Minister for Local Government and Public Health shall on the application of the council approve.

(2) The amount of the salary of an assistant under-sheriff of which one moiety is to be paid by the council of a county or county borough under this section shall be certified to such council by the Minister, whose certificate shall be final, and one moiety of the amount of such certificate shall be paid by such council to the Exchequer.