§ MR. WILLIAM ABRAHAM (Cork Co., N.E.)
I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland whether he can state the number of fair rent applications from Fermoy Union, filed in Court before November 1896, which remained unheard until November 1897, and if all cases filed since are still pending; is he aware that this delay has the effect of forcing tenants to accept settlements out of court; and if he will ascertain from the Land Commission when the applications from Fermoy Union are likely to be dealt with?
§ MR. GEEALD BALFOUR
Of the applications received from the Fermoy Union before November, 1896, 16 remained unheard in November, 1897. All cases from the union where the applications were lodged prior to 1st January, 1897, have been listed for hearing. I am informed it is probable that the list containing cases from this union will be issued in the course of next month. I have no information as to the second paragraph of the question.