HC Deb 16 February 1891 vol 350 cc685-6

I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland whether he is aware that the tenants of Mr. James M'Farlane, on the townlands of Breenagh and Meenitinny, near Letterkenny, agreed with their landlord, on 20th December, 1887, to purchase their holdings at 15 years' purchase, all arrears being wiped out, that the necessary documents were signed and lodged with the Land Commissioners, and notification made to the tenants that the purchase money would be advanced on 20th June, 1890; whether, within the last month, notice has been given to the tenants by the Land Commissioners that the original decision has been rescinded on account of the delay on the part of the landlord to accept the purchase money offered; and whether the landlord has recently served ejectment notices?


The Irish Land Commissioners report that the facts are substantially as stated in the first paragraph of this question. The Commissioners have not rescinded the original decision. They have notified the tenants that the matter of the proposed sale will come on for hearing on the 17th inst. The landlord has not, I am informed, issued ejectment notices against any of the tenants who are in treaty to purchase.