HC Deb 08 August 1904 vol 139 cc1342-3
MR. HAYDEN (Roscommon, S.)

To ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland whether he is aware that the Congested Districts Board have purchased a bog in the electoral division of Carnagh, parish of St. John's, and union of Athlone, with a view to letting the use of it to others than the tenants who have been in the enjoyment of it for the last quarter of a century; and that the Board has taken proceedings in Chancery to restrain the old tenants of the bog referred to from any longer using it; and. if so, whether, seeing that those tenants have no other source from which to obtain fuel for their households, he will direct the Board to discontinue those legal proceedings and allow the old tenants to cut turf as usual on the bog in question.

(Answered by Mr. Wyndham.) The bog was acquired by the Board last year. For a year previously it was not used by the tenants, and before the Board arranged to dispose of the turbary the former conacre tenants committed trespass, and cut turf in spite of the warnings given by the Board's bailiff. The Board has instituted proceedings with a view to asserting its right to the title. The reply to the concluding inquiry is in the negative.