HC Deb 19 February 1884 vol 284 cc1327-8

asked the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, Whether his attention has been drawn to the circumstances attending the eviction of MR. M'Kenny in the town of Castlewellan by the Earl of Annesley; and, whether it is the intention of the Government to introduce a measure to secure to tenants in towns compensation for improvements in case of capricious eviction?


I have seen a report of the ease referred to, and it does not appear to me to be such as to call or justify notice on the part of the Executive. MR. M'Kenny was a shopkeeper, and held under a lease. The lease expired, and he was then treated as a yearly tenant. The Government have no intention of introducing such a measure as that referred to. Whether the tenant in this case would be entitled to compensation under such an Act I cannot say, as I have nothing before me to show it; but I understand that the landlord has now an action pending against the tenant for alleged damage.