HC Deb 23 June 1904 vol 136 c1000

I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland whether he is aware that Colonel Browne, Monkstown, county Dublin, has offered to sell his estate situate at Ballindine, county Mayo, to his tenants at twenty six and a quarter years purchase first-term rents; that he has refused to let them grass for their cows, which they had been in the habit of getting for many years, because they refused to pay him that price; that he offered thirty-six acres of grass lands to be divided amongst twenty-three tenants whose holdings are small and uneconomic; that he refused any of the grass land to one tenant, who has served him with an originating notice to have a fair rent fixed, because he is availing himself of the provisions of the Land Act of 1881, although other tenants on the same estate received a reduction of 40 per. cent, off first-term rents; and whether he will direct a prosecution against Colonel Browne for intimidation with a view to preventing his tenants from seeking the protection of the law.


The action attributed to Colonel Browne, of which I have no knowledge, seems by the description in the Question to have been within his legal rights. No crime was committed and no I prosecution will be instituted.