HC Deb 06 March 1884 vol 285 c642

asked the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, Whether it is a fact that Mr. Edward Kendall, J.P. Ballinaboy, Clifden, county Galway, one of the signatories to the Rossmore Protest for Galway County, recently refunded to the Land Commission some money which he had obtained from the Government under the Arrears Act; if he will explain under what circumstances this was done; and, if he has any objection to produce the affidavits made by Mr. Kendall to obtain the amounts?


It is the case that Mr. Kendall refunded to the Land Commissioners a sum of £5, which he had received under the Arrears Act, on behalf of Mr. Eyre, a landlord for whom he was acting. The circumstances of this transaction, into which I have closely inquired, were not such as to reflect in any way on the probity of Mr. Kendall. They arose entirely out of a difference of opinion between him and the Land Commissioners, as to whether a certain tenant of Mr. Eyre's was or was not entitled to the benefit of the Arrears Act. The Land Commissioners eventually decided that he was not. Mr. Kendall held to his former opinion, and repaid the money under protest. The affidavits made by Mr. Kendall were in the usual form prescribed under the Act.