HC Deb 16 June 1904 vol 136 cc282-3

I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland whether he is aware that, prior to the recent evictions at Rossmacomen, county Cork, Canon McDonnell, P.P. of Castletown, Berehaven, on behalf of the tenants requested the Congested Districts Board (through Sir Antony McDonnell) to send a valuer on the Clinton Estate on whose valuation the tenants agreed to purchase, and that since the evictions Canon McDonnell, on behalf of the tenants, offered one year's rent in lieu of arrears; and, if so, whether, seeing that the average rental on these holdings is £5 per annum and the land very barren, he will, in view of these circumstances, bring pressure within the law on the landlord of the Clinton Estate.


Canon McDonnell communicated to Sir Antony McDonnell the conditions upon which the tenants of this estate were prepared to purchase their holdings. One of the conditions contemplated arbitration and purchase through the Congested Districts Board. In reply Sir Antony McDonnell intimated that the Board could not act as arbitrator between the landlord and tenants. The estate is not one which the Board could buy with advantage. A report to that effect was made to the Board many months ago. The reply to the last query is in the negative.


Is it intended to furnish another army of police in the event of these evictions being proceeded with?

[No answer was returned.]