§ MR. DILLON (Mayo, E.)
I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland whether his attention has been called to a ease heard before the Irish Land Commission, of Pat Foy, tenant, v. H. D. F. Montgomery, landlord, which was an application by the landlord to resume the holdings of some mountain tenants in the County Fermanagh for the purpose of introducing a breed of Scotch cattle; and whether he will introduce a Bill taking away the power of the landlords to make clearances for such purposes; and, seeing that among the witnesses examined by the landlord at the hearing of this case, was an official of the Agriculture and Industries Department, whether he will take steps to prevent public officers of this Department from appearing in such cases in future.
§ THE CHIEF SECRETARY FOR IRELAND (Mr. WYNDHAM,) Dover
In the case mentioned, the Land Commission reversed the decision of the Sub-Commission, and refused the application of the landlord for liberty to resume possession. An appeal has been lodged against the decision of the Chief Commissioners, and consequently I am debarred from discussing the matter further. The attendance of the witness referred to was secured by subpoena. He was merely called to give his opinion on the qualities of a certain breed of cattle, and gave no evidence with respect to the lands involved in the case.