§ MR. KENDAL O'BRIEN
I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland whether he is aware that Tipperary No. 1 Rural District Council included in their recent improvement scheme under the Labourers Acts the extension of existing half-acre plots to one acre; and, seeing that the power is vested in the District Councils to grant what is termed the additional half-acre, will he say on what legal grounds the Local Government Board rejected several applications of this nature in connection with this improvement scheme.
§ MR. WYNDHAM
The scheme proposed the acquisition of the additional allotments to 130 existing cottages. Fifty-one cases were withdrawn by the District Council at the Inquiry. The inspector recommended forty-five and disapproved of thirty-six. These latter were rejected because in some cases the applicants were not agricultural labourers; or were unable to cultivate the land if granted; or because the land was unsuitable; or the applications were not supported by the District Councillors.