§ MR. JASPER TULLY (Leitrim, S.)
I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland whether the attention of the Land Commission has been directed to the case of Thomas Fitzpatrick, Dreeminchin, Newtowngore, South Leitrim, who signed an agreement under the Ashbourne Act to purchase his holding on the Godley Estate on the 11th August 1890, and paid one instalment; whether he is aware that this tenant two years subsequently was processed for the old rent and arrears due to the landlord; that under this pressure he agreed to offer 18 years' purchase; and that on the 18th March last he was served with a notice by the agent constituting him a caretaker of his holding; and whether he can state what steps the Land Commission propose to take for the protection of this tenant, who entered into an agreement to purchase his holding in their Court?
MR. JOHN MORLKY
I am informed by the Land Commission that no purchase agreement was lodged with them in this case. They have, therefore, no jurisdiction in the matter. Since no purchase agreement was lodged, the statement that an instalment of purchase-money under the Purchase Acts was paid must obviously be incorrect.