HC Deb 16 June 1902 vol 109 c711

I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland whether he is aware that the Land Commission has fixed a sitting to hear appeals on 8th July in the city of Cork; and whether, in view of the fact that the greater number of the appeals listed are from the Unions of Bantry, Skibbereen, and Castletown Berehaven, and that the latter town is 90 miles from the city of Cork, in view of the difficulties for some of the tenants for prosecuting their appeals at Cork, he will take steps to suggest to the Land Commission to hold their court at Bantry.

MR. T. W. RUSSELL (Tyrone, S.)

Does the right hon. Gentleman think it reasonable that the tenant should be dragged eighty or ninety miles to Cork when there is suitable court house and hotel accommodation at Skibbereen and Bantry?


I think my answer will deal with that point. Only one-fifth of the number of appeals listed for hearing at this sitting of the Land Commission proceed from the Unions mentioned. The selection of the venue in such cases rests with the Commissioners, who endeavour to consult, as far as possible, the convenience of all parties. The Commissioners report that it would not be possible, in view of their other engagements, to hold a sitting at Bantry. But in order to detain in Cork the tenants coming from these Unions, the shortest time possible, their cases have been placed first on the list.