HC Deb 05 August 1907 vol 179 c1527

To ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland whether he is aware that eviction proceedings are pending in reference to a farm held by Michael Cleary from Captain Boyce, near Tallow, county Water-ford, at the yearly rent of £95; whether the eviction is in consequence of the tenant refusing to agree to the owner's terms as to purchase; whether the rent of this farm and of an adjoining farm are under a settlement applicable for the maintenance of the charity called the Tallow Almshouses; and whether he will call the attention of the Commissioners of Charitable Donations and Bequests to the proposed eviction with a view to their obtaining the mediation of the Estates Commissioners, so as to enable the tenant to purchase his holding at a fair price and to prevent the loss of income to this charity.

(Answered by Mr. Birrell.) The Commissioners of Charitable Donations and Bequests inform me that the farm in question is not chargeable with any charitable annuity, nor is the rent applicable to any such purpose. It has, however, been ascertained that no eviction proceedings against Michael Cleary are pending, but that proceedings for the recovery of rent have been taken. It is further understood that the landlord would not object to the mediation of the Estates Commissioners upon the question of the purchase by Cleary of his holding. If such mediation should be wished for, the parties to the case should themselves approach the Commissioners on the subject.