§ MR. O'DOWD (Sligo, S.)
I beg to ask Mr. Attorney-General for Ireland whether he is aware that Mr. Stewart Gillmour, of Dromahair, County Leitrim, on the 24th July, 1902, swore an affidavit, before the local commissioner for taking oaths, to the effect that he was tenant of lands in Dromahair, known as The Acres, since 1880, although the records show that he only paid 11½d. in rates for land in Dromahair during the previous year, 1901–2; and seeing that, on the strength of that affidavit, Mr. Gillmour has obtained an advance of £480 from the† See Page 156.1151 Land Commission for the purchase of this land, whether he will arrange for a sworn inquiry to be held, at which the Land Commission inspector who inspected these lands will be required to give evidence, with the object of having this matter cleared up.
§ THE ATTORNEY-GENERAL FOR IRELAND (Mr. ATKINSON,) Londonderry, N.
I have no power to direct the inquiry suggested, nor, so far as I have been able to ascertain, has there been anything whatever criminal in Mr. Gillmour's conduct. I beg to refer the hon. Member to my reply to his previous Question of the 29th June on the same subject.†