HC Deb 15 June 1882 vol 270 c1251

asked the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, Whether it is a fact that, on June 13th, two tenants on the property of Mr. Bate, in the county of Wexford, were evicted, and, immediately after the eviction, their houses were burned down by the emergency men who took possession; and, whether, in view of the right of redemption possessed by these tenants, the Government will consent to include such conduct amongst offences as defined by the Prevention of Crime (Ireland) Bill?


Sir, these evictions were on title. The holdings became the absolute property of the landlord on his obtaining possession of them, and he had a legal right to destroy the buildings. The tenants did not possess in this case any right of redemption.