HC Deb 13 April 1905 vol 145 cc40-1

To ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland whether an advance of money has been sanctioned for the purchase of the Annfield Estate; whether he is aware that there are about 300 acres of grating lands on this estate; that there are three congested townlands on its borders, Davros, Mollyroe, and Rathgranaher; and that, in face of this fact, over 100 acres have been given to a man named Ryan, who has already several large farms, and 180 acres to another farmer named Brannick, who has a considerable portion of land elsewhere, leaving only twenty acres of land for the enlargement of holdings on that property; and, if so, whether he will see that these lands will be taken from these persons who have already large areas of land, and divided amongst those whose holdings are uneconomic in the district.

(Answered by Mr. Atkinson.) The Commissioners are unable to identify this estate. If the hon. Member will supply the name of the owner and the locality, inquiries will be made.