HC Deb 25 February 1904 vol 130 cc1000-1

I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland whether he is aware that the Congested Districts Board made an offer some time ago for the O'Grady estate, on which stands a portion of the town of Ballyhaunis, county Mayo, and that the Receiver on the estate refused that offer on the ground that it would deprive the graziers, who held portions of it on the eleven months' system, of their privileges in keeping large areas under; grass; and whether, seeing that this Receiver has stated that he will not sell to the Board so as to prevent the enlargement of holdings, he will have full inquiries made into this case.


No offer has been made by the Congested Districts Board for the purchase of the O'Grady estate. In 1902 the question was considered by the Board, but no action was taken, as it was understood that the owner and the tenants contemplated a sale through the Land Commission. I am unable to say whether the Receiver acted in the manner alleged, but in any case it would be outside his province either to accept or reject such an offer, if made.