HC Deb 29 May 1905 vol 147 cc88-9

I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland whether he will state on what date two men named Good and Black, who reside at Westport, applied for parcels of the grazing lands on the Clanmorris Estate, county Mayo, the quantity of land applied for by each of them, and the grounds given to justify the application.


The application was made by the vendor's agent on 11th October, 1904, when terms of sale to the Commissioners were being arranged. No formal application from these persons themselves has been received. The application on their behalf is made on the ground that they are tenants on the estate.


I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland whether he has inquired into the charge made against two clerks named Good and Black, who are engaged in the office of Mr. Ruttledge, sub-sheriff for the county Mayo, of having induced two bailiffs on the Clanmorris Estate to consent to give them small patches of their holdings, with a view to enable them to obtain an advance of money from the Estates Commissioners; and if not, whether he will grant a full inquiry into the whole case, and, if the charge be sustained, order a prosecution of these parties for attempting to obtain money and land under false pretences.


No charge of the kind indicated has been made, and no necessity exists for an inquiry such as is referred to. But, as I informed the hon. Member on the 18th instant, the Commissioners will fully investigate the claims of these persons before deciding whether they shall receive advances for the purchase of "parcels" of the land in question.