HC Deb 06 June 1899 vol 72 cc439-40

I beg to ask the Chief Secretary for Ireland whether his attention has been drawn to a resolution of the Mayo County Council, passed unanimously at their meeting 20th May, in which they state that, in order to prevent the periodical recurrence of famine, and to render unnecessary the annual migration of large numbers of the adult male and female population of county Mayo, and thereby save them from the risk of a disaster such as befel the people of Achill a few years ago, in which a large body of them were drowned, it is necessary that compulsory powers be given to the County Council to acquire for purposes of migration and enlargement of holdings such lands as are available for such purposes in county Mayo; and whether, in view of such a resolution, passed unanimously by such a representative body as the County Council of Mayo, he will without delay introduce legislation to meet the views of that body.


The reply to the first paragraph is in the affirmative, and to the second in the negative.