§ MR. JOHN ROCHE
I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland whether the tenants upon the Bagot estate, Ballygar, county Galway, have signed agreements to purchase their holdings over two years ago; and, in view of the fact that there are about 300 of them under £5 valuation and about 1,200 acres of untenanted land upon the estate, can he state when sale may be completed.
§ MR. BIRRELL
Proceedings in this case have been somewhat delayed owing to the efforts of the Estates Commissioners to obtain more than the 1,200 acres of untenanted land mentioned, in order to relieve the extensive congestion which prevails on the estate. The Commissioners hope shortly to make a formal offer to the Land Judge for the purchase of the property, but if their offer should be accepted the completion of the sale will necessarily be delayed by the preparation of a scheme for the rearrangement and enlargement of holdings. The estate is an extensive one.