HC Deb 05 March 1901 vol 90 cc581-2

I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland whether he is aware that the owner of the town-land of Madusflynn, parish of Cahirlustraun, barony of Clare, Galway, has entered into negotiations with some of his tenants! to sell them their holdings; that these small tenants are willing to buy provided the owner also sells them a grass farm now held by a non resident grazier who takes in grazing stock, and that they are willing to pay as much as the grazier; whether, in these circumstances, the Land Commission will insist, before advancing money for the purchase of the grass farm, that the whole or part of the grass farm should be divided among the small tenants; and whether, in the many similar cases which exist in Galway and Mayo, some effort will be made in this direction.


Agreements between the Rev. Mr. Gabbett and his tenants for the purchase by them of their holdings, which comprise the entire town-land mentioned, have been received in the Irish Land Commission, and advances have been provisionally sanctioned in all the eases. The Commissioners have no knowledge of the matters referred to in the first part of the question. In answer to the second and third paragraphs, the Commissioners can only consider applications for advances under the Land Purchase Acts on the joint application of landlords and tenants.