HC Deb 26 February 1906 vol 152 cc793-4

I beg to ask Mr. Attorney-General for Ireland whether he is aware that in the case of the Granard, County Longford, estate, which has been sold under the Ashbourne Act to the tenants, four tenants have been deprived of turbary, to which on the face of their vesting orders they were entitled; and whether he will call the attention of the Estates Commissioners to these cases with a view to securing proper treatment for them.


The Granard estates were sold under the Land Purchase Acts of 1885 and 1891, not under the Act of 1903. Some of the tenants were given by their vesting orders a right to cut turf for consumption, but not for sale, on parts of certain bogs in the possession of the vendor In other cases, certain bogs were conveyed to trustees by trust deeds, to which the Land Commission were not parties, for the purpose of providing turbary for the tenant purchasers therein named, and these deeds conferred on the trustees very ample powers for making rules and regulations as to these turbary rights. I am not aware that any of the tenant purchasers have been deprived of any turbary rights to which they were entitled either under their vesting orders or these turbary deeds. In reply to the last paragraph of the hon. Member's question, I beg to say that I have called the attention of the Estates Commissioners to the matter, and I am informed by them that they have no power to intervene in the matter as suggested. Any tenant purchaser who is deprived of his rights can obtain redress by action either against the owner of the bog or the trustees under the turbary deeds.