§ MR. MAHONY (Meath, N.)
asked the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, Whether he will lay upon the Table of the House the correspondence between Mr. J. A. O'Sullivan, Solicitor for the Trustees of the Verner Estate and the Land Commission, relative to the Circular issued to the tenants by Mr. O'Sullivan; whether it is a fact that the Greville Estate has been sold to the tenants, Mr. O'Sullivan acting for the landlord; and, whether Mr. O'Sullivan accepted promissory notes from the tenants on this estate in payment of rent due, so as to enable them to show a clear receipt to the Land Commissioners?
THE SOLICITOR GENERAL FOR IRELAND (Mr. MADDEN)(who replied) (Dublin University)
said: There is no objection to lay upon the Table a copy of the Correspondence referred to, beyond the inconvenience of multiplying Parliamentary Returns; but I shall be happy to let the hon. Member see it if he so desires. The Land Commissioners are not aware whether Mr. O'Sullivan has been concerned in the negotiation for the sale to the tenants on the Greville Estate, nor that he accepted promissory notes from the tenants in payment of rent due; but the deeds of conveyance released all such rents, pursuant to rule.
§ MR. CLANCY (Dublin Co., N.)
asked if the hon. and learned Gentleman thought it was the duty of the Commissioners to inquire whether the promissory notes had been given?
§ MR. MADDEN
said, it was not for him to advise the Commissioners, particularly as there was a case affecting promissory notes now pending.
§ THE LORD MAYOR OF DUBLIN (Mr. SEXTON) (Belfast, W.)
asked the hon. and learned Gentleman to lay the Correspondence on the Table, so that hon. Members could form their own judgment on the matter.
§ MR. MADDEN
promised to consider that.