§ MR. J. P. FARRELL
I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland to state whether any attempt was made by the Estates Commissioners to acquire the Cusack (county Longford) Estate for the settlement of the evicted tenants' applications in county Longford; whether he is aware that the block of land recently offered for sale would have given twenty-three families a farm of twenty acres each; and whether, if the matter of this sale has not been definitely closed, steps will be now taken in this direction.
§ MR. ATKINSON (for Mr. WYNDHAM)
So far as the Estates Commissioners are aware, there are not, at present, any untenanted lands on this estate. Application was made to the Commissioners to purchase a portion of the property comprising some 388 acres, heretofore let to grazing tenants, and proposed to be sold to the latter under Land Court tenancies. Amongst the proposed purchasers were four evicted tenants or their representatives. The Commissioners refused, however, to regard this portion of the property as an estate, and are now considering the question of the advisability of issuing a request for the purchase of the entire property under the 7th Section of the Act of 1903.