§ MR. MAURICE HEALY (Cork) (for Mr. CAREW) (Kildare, N.)
asked the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, When a Sub-Commission will sit to hear land cases in the Edenderry Union, particularly in the portions of it belonging to the Counties of Meath and Kildare; whether several leaseholders who served originating notices on Mr. J. R. Joly, a landlord in this Union, have been served with eject-meats, which are listed for hearing at the Sessions now being held at Trim; whether these ejectments are for the recovery of penal rents reserved in their leases; whether the tenants are obliged by the terms of the leases to pay all rates and taxes; is he aware that these tenants have now no alternative but to submit to these decrees, and that when made they will, by the service of eviction notices through the post, lose all the benefits of the recent Land Act which was passed for their protection; and, whether he will take immediate steps on their behalf?
§ THE CHIEF SECRETARY (Mr. A. J. BALFOUR) (Manchester, E.)
The Land Commissioners inform me that the Sub-Commission at present sitting in County Meath has listed for hearing 11 fair-rent applications from Edenderry Union. They will probably be heard before the end of next month; two of them are from leaseholders on the property of Mr. Joly. I have no knowledge as to the alleged serving of ejectments on leaseholders on this landlord's estate, nor am I aware of the terms and conditions of their leases. A tenant can only lose his right to have a fair rent fixed by a default on his own part in failing to avail himself of the Equitable Clauses of the Act of last Session.