§ MR. REDDY (King's County, Birr)
I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland if he will state how many evictions have taken place and are pending upon the estate of Lord Ashbrook, since 1903, on his King's County estate; and will the Estate Commissioners intervene to protect these 492 tenants, who are weighed down with arrears.
The Estates Commissioners inform me that they have no knowledge of any evictions which may have taken place or be impending on the estate in question. The Commissioners have received but one application from a person claiming to have been evicted from the estate. It shall receive due attention. The Commissioners have no power to intervene except where their functions are invoked under the Land Purchase Acts. If tenants who are evicted apply to the Commissioners their cases will be duly considered.