§ MR. J. P. FARRELL (Longford, N.)
To ask Mr. Attorney-General for Ireland to state the reason for reducing the 144 number of appeals in County Longford to be tried before the present Appeal Commission sitting in Longford from 174 cases to 135, although a number of these appeals are pending for a long time.
(Answered by Mr. Atkinson.) The preliminary list of appeals for hearing at Longford contained 194 appeals, representing 136 cases. Four cases in which the appeals were from the order of the County Court Judge were removed owing to the unavoidable absence of the Judicial Commissioner, as having regard to the provisions of Section 47 of the Act of 1881 they could not be heard in his absence. In other cases the parties either withdrew their appeals or entered into settlements; otherwise the list was not reduced in size.