HC Deb 06 July 1882 vol 271 cc1599-600

asked the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, Whether his attention has been called to the death of Mrs. John Morony, wife of an evicted leaseholder, now a prisoner under 44 Vic. c. 4, who died of malignant fever on the 28th ultimo, in a hut near Milltown Malbay, county Clare; whether he is aware that the rent of John Morony's holding was £18 14s. 4d. the Poor Law valuation being £8, no improvement having been made or paid for by the owner; whether, on the estate on which John Morony was a leaseholder, the rents of the tenants from year to year, who have applied to the Land Court, have been reduced by upwards of 40 per cent; and, whether Her Majesty's Government will consider whether such cases as Morony's do not show the necessity of amending the Land Act so as to bring leaseholders within its provisions?


Sir, the facts are correctly stated in the Question, except that John Morony is not a prisoner under the Protection Act. He had been released before his wife died, and he was not a leaseholder on the property. He was sub-tenant to his father, who held the farm, and who, having paid his rent, is now restored to possession. The final paragraph of the Question should be addressed to the Prime Minister.