§ MR. WILLIAM REDMOND (Clare E.)
I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland whether the inspectors of the Estates Commissioners have completed their investigation of the position of the evicted tenants in county Clare; and what steps are to be taken for their reinstatement into their holdings.
The Estates Commissioners inform me that they have received 200 applications for reinstatement from evicted tenants in county Clare. The Commissioners have obtained reports from their inspectors on 156 of these cases. In thirty-four cases the prices which the Commissioners will be prepared to advance for the purchase of the holdings, which are in the owners' possession, have been communicated to the owners, and have been accepted in thirty of these cases. In fifty-one cases the Commissioners have decided, for various reasons, to take no action. In thirty-three cases the applications have been noted for consideration in connection with the distribution of any untenanted land which the Commissioners may acquire; and the remaining thirty-eight cases have yet to be ruled on by the Commissioners.