HC Deb 28 April 1884 vol 287 c730

asked the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, If it is the fact that James Gaffey, of Scardane, county Ros-common, a tenant of Captain W. J. Burke, J.P., obtained, with the consent of the landlord, the benefits of the Arrears Act on paying half-a-year's rent, but that the landlord afterwards executed against him an old decree for rent wiped out by the Arrears Act; that the tenant tendered the sheriff, who came to eject him in June 1882, the half-year's rent from November 1881 to May 1882, which the Arrears Act did not extinguish; that this was refused; that Gaffey was thereupon evicted, and has since been homeless; whether the Government gave the sheriff an armed force to carry out such eviction; and, whether there was any ground of legality for it; and, if not, will the Government proceed against the landlord, or do they intend to take any steps?


It appears that before any order for payment was made by the Land Commission a representation had been made to them by the landlord complaining of the proceedings under the Arrears Act instituted by his agent and the tenant, and insisting on his decree. The Land Commission, notwithstanding, made the order for payment; and I am advised that nice questions may arise between the landlord and the tenant, who, if the proceedings were irregular, has his full remedy by action, and can enforce his restoration to his holding. Under these circumstances, it is not a case in which the Government should interfere. Four policemen attended at the eviction, at the requisition of the Sheriff.