HC Deb 02 March 1900 vol 79 c1535

I beg to ask Mr. Attorney General for Ireland whether he is aware that a sitting of the Sub-Commission of the Irish Land Commission to hear applications for the fixing of fair rents from the districts of Glencolombkille and Kilcar is to be held in Killybegs, County Donegal; whether, having regard to the fact that more than fifty tenants of these districts will have to travel with their witnesses upwards of thirty miles from their homes to give evidence at the hearing of their cases at Killybegs, for which they have been notified to attend on the 1st instant, the Government will take some steps to have cases arising in the districts of Glencolombkille and Kilcar heard in Carrick, and thus protect the tenants from the expense and hardship entailed by the present arrangement; and whether any steps can be taken to countermand the notices of the hearing of fair rent cases from Glencolombkille and Kilcar at Killybegs.


I am informed that a sitting of the Sub-Commissioners was fixed to commence on yesterday at Killybegs. Prior to yesterday, when I communicated to the Land Commissioners the substance of the complaints privately brought under my notice by the hon. Member and which are referred to in this question, the Commissioners had received no representations that the sitting of the Sub-Commission at Killybegs would entail hardship and expense on the tenants. 'That sitting was fixed, I am informed, by the Sub-Commission after considering the convenience of the parties and taking into account the time at their disposal. In any case it appears to be now too late to alter the sitting which commenced on yesterday, even if other arrangements made it possible to do so.