HC Deb 29 May 1905 vol 147 cc89-90

I beg 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, in the parish of Kilcommon, in the Ballinrobe Union; whether he is aware that there are about 300 acres of grazing lands on this estate, and that there are three congested townlands on its borders, Davros, Mollyroe, and Rathgranagher; and whether, seeing that over 100 acres have been given to one man who has already several large farms, and 180 acres to another man who has land elsewhere, leaving only about 20 acres of land for the enlargement of holdings on that property, he will see that these lands will be taken from these persons and divided amongst those whose holdings are uneconomic in the district.


This property, which has been purchased by the Congested Districts Board, contains 200 acres of tenanted land and 467 acres of untenanted land. It is not situated in or near a congested district. The Board's object in purchasing was, first, to enlarge those holdings which required enlargement, and, secondly, to exchange the remainder of the untenanted land for land in congested districts, so as to relieve congestion there. They have See (4) Debates, cxlvi., 745. arranged to give 183 and 112 acres respectively to farmers who are giving in exchange 382 acres near the Roche Estate, on which the holdings require enlargement. One hundred and seventy acres are reserved for the Annfield tenants.