HC Deb 23 June 1904 vol 136 cc998-9

I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland whether, in view of the fact that Lord Oranmore is charging his tenants, who live on small and uneconomic holdings at Ballindine, county Mayo, 50s. an acre for accommodation lands I which are used for the purpose of grazing a cow in each case, and which are valued at about 6s. an acre, and that he has let more of his lands which are better in quality to graziers at 40 per cent, less than he has charged the small tenants; and, in view of the price at which he has offered to sell the unproductive small holdings to his tenants, whether the Estates Commissioners will refuse to make an advance unless he sells that portion of his estate which could be used for increasing the size of the holdings of these tenants.


No application has been made to the Commissioners for the sale of this estate or any portion of it. The circumstances of the tenants will he fully considered in the event of such an application, but obviously the Commissioners cannot say in anticipation whether they will sanction, or refuse to sanction, an advance.