§ MR. JUSTIN M'CARTHY
asked the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, Whether his attention has been called to the fact that persons living in the parish of Cloone, in the county of Leitrim, who desired to take the benefit of the Arrears Act, have to appear before the Investigator at Mohill, five miles from the village of Cloone, and eight or nine miles from the homes of many of the Cloone tenants; whether he is aware that there are several hundred applications from the parish of Cloone, nearly all from persons in a very poor condition in life; and, whether, under the circumstances, he will take steps to have these applications dealt with in the village of Cloone?
The facts are correctly stated in the Question. The Commissioners hold sittings in as many places as possible, and, in the ordinary course of business, it is probable that the cases referred to would have been listed for investigation at Cloone; but in their anxiety to inquire into as many cases as possible before the end of this month—and I am glad to be able to say that they believe they will be able to inquire into all contested cases, with the exception of an extremely small and minute percentage—they have been obliged for the time to extend the area of the district where the inquiry is held. In the present case, the Land Commissioners do not think it a hardship that tenants should, under the circumstances, be obliged to travel five miles further than if the sitting had been fixed at Cloone.