§ MR. NOLAN (Louth, N.)
I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland whether, although the necessary notices to have a fair rent fixed have been served by certain tenant farmers in Dromin Division, Ardee Union, County Louth, so far back as October, 1887, the cases remain unheard, while cases connected with other divisions of the same union in which originating notices are of more recent date have been already decided; whether there is any special reason for the distinction thus made; and, whether any arrangement can be made by which the cases from Dromin can be heard at the approaching Land Court Session in Drogheda?
§ MR. A. J. BALFOUR
The Land Commissioners report that the list of cases from the union of Ardee, which was issued about two months ago, contained all the cases in which applications had been received from that union up to and including October 31, 1887. The cases on the list were grouped according to the electoral divisions in which they were situate for convenience of inspection; but otherwise no special distinction was made either in the selection of cases or in arranging the order in which the electoral divisions were placed. The Sub-Commission sat on July 31 and took up the hearing of some of the cases in the order in which they appeared on the list; but time did not permit of all the cases listed being heard at the sitting referred to. The chairman then proposed to fix another sitting during the month; but the solicitors engaged almost unanimously objected to have a further sitting before the vacation, and at their request the remaining cases on the list were postponed until after the vacation.