§ MR. BOLAND (Kerry, S.)
I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland whether he is aware that negotiations for the purchase of the Mayberry estate, near Kenmare, are now in progress; and whether, in view of the fact that there are several evicted tenants on this estate, some of whom have been out of their holdings for nearly twenty years with no means of procuring a livelihood except as labourers, the Estates Commissioners will consider the advisability of purchasing the evicted farms as a separate estate, and enabling these tenants to start fair with the aid of grants for building the houses and stocking the farms, as they have done in the neighbouring Warden estate.
The Estates Commissioners inform me that no proceedings have yet been instituted before them for the sale of the estate of F. G. Mayberry, which they assume to be the estate referred to in the Question, and they have no knowledge of any negotiations for sale which may be in progress. The Commissioners have received applications from six evicted tenants on the estate, and will have the cases inquired into by their inspector. The Commissioners will consider what steps they may take when they have received the inspector's report.