HC Deb 18 May 1905 vol 146 cc767-8
MR. O'SHAUGHNESSY (Limerick, W.)

I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland if he can state whether the Estates Commissioners have received any communication from the agent of Lord Dunraven with a view to a sale of the houses in the town of Croom, in the county of Limerick, to the town tenants; and whether, having regard to the fact that Lord Dunraven has arranged to sell the agricultural and pastoral part of the estate to the tenants thereof through the Estates Commissioners, and is willing to sell to the Croom town tenants the houses in their occupation, and also having regard to the fact that these tenants are anxious † See page 484. to buy same under The Land Act, 1903, at a price to be fixed by arbitration, the Estates Commissioners will take steps to purchase the same with a view to resale to these tenants.


The application for sale in respect of this estate does not include the town of Croom, and the Commissioners cannot trace any correspondence with the agent on the subject. The question whether the Commissioners can, under the Land Purchase Acts, buy and resell to the tenants houses situate in towns, is one for the determination of the Commissioners, instructed by and subject to the review of Mr. Justice Meredith. I understand that a case in which this point is raised is at present before the learned Judge.