§ MR. HAMMOND (Carlow)
I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland is he aware that the caretaker, O'Neill, is still in possession of the evicted farm known as Kilcloney, near Borris, in Carlow County, and that within the past two weeks he cut down and had carted away some trees planted on the holding by the Waters' family, which he had no right to do; will he say if the Estates Commissioners have purchased this Kilcloney farm; and, if so, on what date, and will Mr. Waters be reinstated.
The Estates Commissioners understand that O'Neill is still in occupation of the farm in question, but they inform me that they have decided 792 not to sell the farm to him. The offer which the Commissioners are about to make for the purchase of the estate, provides for the sale to them of this farm as untenanted land. Patrick Waters has signed an undertaking to purchase it from the Commissioners in the event of their acquiring the estate, and he will be reinstated if their offer should be accepted. The Commissioners have no information as to the alleged cutting of trees by O'Neill.