HC Deb 09 June 1882 vol 270 cc651-2

asked the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, If his attention has been called to a statement made by Mr. Tuke, in a letter to the "Standard" of 5th June 1882, that, during a period of a few weeks' visit to Connemara, he knew of the eviction from a portion of that district of three hundred and fifty families; and, whether the above statement is accurate; and, if so, whether in any of the above cases notice of application to the Land Court had been given by the tenants; what were the number of such cases; and, whether he can give an explanation of the reason of such numerous evictions?


also asked whether the right hon. Gentleman had received information to the effect that in the course of a few days processes would be issued against nearly 500 families in the same district to be evicted from their homes?


I have seen Mr. Tuke's letter referred to in the Question of the noble Viscount. The total number of families evicted in Connemara during the last two months is 218. It is difficult to answer the portion of the Question relating to the applications to the Land Court, as it cannot be answered by the Land Commissioners without the names of the tenants being given. I have, however, in the time allowed me by the noble Viscount, been able to give the names in 163 of the cases; and I find that 14 out of these 163 tenants had served originating notices. In all the cases, the evictions were for nonpayment of rent.