HC Deb 16 May 1901 vol 94 c267
MR. FLYNN (Cork Co., N.)

I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland whether his attention has been directed to the observations made by Mr. Justice Meredith at the recent Land Sessions in Monaghan, when he commented strongly upon the increase in the number of appeals from the decisions of the sub-commissioners fixing fair rents, and complained of the overburdening of the Land Court and putting the State to unnecessary expense in taking appeals where the sub-commissioners had done their duty between both parties; is he aware that out of 154 cases listed at the sessions 81 were cases in which the judicial rent fixed by the sub-commissioners were under £10 and 29 under £5; and, whether, in view of the learned judge's remarks, the delay to the tenants, and the expense to the State, the Government will take steps to limit the right of appeal from the decisions of the sub-commissioners.


The statements in the first and second paragraphs are generally correct. The suggestion in the last paragraph, that the absolute right of appeal which the 44th Section of the Act of 1881 confers in every case, should be limited, could only be effected by legislation.