HC Deb 04 March 1897 vol 46 cc1584-5
Mr. D. MACALEESE (Monaghan, N.)

I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland (1) if he is aware that, on the 22nd ult., the registrar of No. 3 Sub-Land Commission Court sent a list of decisions in cases, previously heard at Armagh, to be posted on the notice board of the courthouse in that town; and that almost immediately after this list had been posted a person connected with an Armagh newspaper removed the list from the notice board, and carried it away, much to the inconvenience of those desirous to inspect it; (2) is this a case in which a prosecution would lie; and, if not, will he give instructions that in future registrars of Land Courts in Ireland shall send copies of decisions to all solicitors engaged in the cases?


The facts appear to be substantially as stated in the first paragraph. The list was returned, however, to the courtkeeper on the following day by the gentleman who had taken it away. No proceedings lie in the case, and the Land Commissioners do not propose to issue directions as suggested, as, under existing circumstances, solicitors engaged in cases can, on application, at present obtain information as to the decisions, either from the deputy registrars or from the office of the Land Commission.

MR. JAMES DALY (Monaghan, S.)

I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lard Lieutenant of Ireland whether he can state when the Sub-Commission promised over a month ago will sit to fix fair rents in cases listed for moving from the Shirley Estate, county Monaghan: and whether he can give the names of the Sub-Commissioners who will try these cases; are they Ulster farmer's; or what knowledge have they of land in Ulster?


The Sub-Commission Court will commence its sittings fur cases arising from this district on the 18th inst. The Court will consist of Mr. Edge, Q.C., Judicial Commissioner, and Messrs. Patterson and Mowbray, lay Assistant Commissioners. The hon. Member will be aide to obtain from the Return, which will be laid on the Table to-day, information as to the localities in which the two latter gentleman acquired a practical experience of land.


I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland if, having regard to the number of applications to fix fair rents in the liberties and county of Limerick, and to the urgency of their circumstances, he will direct an immediate sitting of the Land Commissioners in that county for the disposal of such applications?


A Sub-Commission Court will probably hold a sitting early in April for cases arising in the County Limerick. The number of cases received since November, when a Court last sat, is comparatively few. I have no power to control the arrangements made by the Land Commission.