§ MR. LUNDON (Limerick, E.)
I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland if he is aware that about the end of the year 1880, on the expiration of the leases of 'Catherine Walsh and James Toomey, both of North Camas, Bruff, co. Limerick, the landlord. Dr. Samuel Russell, Army surgeon, evicted them from their farms, on which they had expended considerable sums of money in draining, 49 fencing, and levelling, portions of which were cut out bog; is he aware that the landlord's plea for so doing was his alleged desire of farming the lands for himself; that, under a promise of restoring thorn at no distant date, he induced them to take a small amount of compensation, but afterwards gave the farms in question to a planter named Paul Rourke; is he aware that Rourke is only an eleven months' tenant; and will he say whether the Estates Commissioners have received applications for reinstatement from those evicted tenants, and will they send an inspector to make inquiry on the subject.
The Estates Commissioners inform me that they have received from the persons named applications for reinstatement in evicted farms now in the occupation of a msn named Rourke. The cases will be inquired into by the local inspector in due course, but in the meantime the Commissioners have no knowledge of the facts.