§ MR. HAYDEN (Roscommon, S.)
I I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland whether the tenants of the Cleaver estate, Lisagallon, county Roscommon, have purchased their holdings under the Act of 1903; whether the purchasers include Mr. James D. O'Connor, an extensive landlord in the county, for a large grazing farm on this estate; whether the money has been actually advanced in respect of this holding; and, if not, whether the Estates Commissioners will take into consideration the advisability of acquiring it for distribution amongst the small tenants on the estate.
The Estates Commissioners inform me that an originating application in respect of the sale of this estate was lodged in June, 1905. The advances, however, have not yet been sanctioned, nor has the estate been inspected. Amongst the purchasing tenants is Mr. J. D. O'Connor, who holds a farm of 138 acres at a judicial rent fixed in 1887. When the estate comes before the Commissioners for ruling, they will, they inform me, consider the suggestion contained in the latter part of the Question.