§ MR. SULLIVAN (Wostmeath, S.)
To ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland if he can state under what circumstance an evicted farm called the Windmill Farm, on the Robinson estate, near Streamstown, County Westmeath, was sold by the Estates Commissioners to a man named Jeeves, who held no land before he acquired this farm, nor did he live in the locality of the evicted farm; will he say what were the reasons which induced the Commissioners to take this course; why was the land not divided amongst the poorer and smaller farmers in the neighbourhood of the farm, in view of the intention of the Land Act of 1903; and whether, if the sale of this farm is not finally concluded, he will ask the Estates Commissioners to distribute the land between the poorer tenants around Windmill.
(Answered by Mr. Bryce.) The Estates Commissioners inform me that they did not sell the farm in question, or any portion of it, to any person named Jeeves. The larger portion of this farm was sold by the Commissioners to the widow of the evicted tenant, a small portion to an occupier named Daly, and the balance to a judicial 385 tenant named Moore. The Commissioners have no knowledge of any man named Jeeves in connection with the case.