HC Deb 13 May 1907 vol 174 cc580-1
MR. MEAGHER (Kilkenny, N.)

To ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland, if he will grant a Return of the number of tenants evicted from their holdings in county Kilkenny, according to State Returns issued in 1903; how many applications for reinstatement have been lodged up to 1st of May, 1907; the names and addresses of those who have been rejected under regulations of 13th of February, 1906; is he aware that a number have been debarred from lodging applications by reason of want of particulars which can be obtained only by examination of police Returns of evictions within the statutory term; and will he grant such facilities as will enable those tenants or their friends to lodge applications in due course.

(Answered by Mr. Birrell.) The Return to which the hon. Member refers shows the number of tenants evicted in the past twenty-five years in county Kilkenny, as well as in every other county in Ireland. All persons who were evicted within the twenty-five years preceding the Act of 1903, or who claim to be the representatives of such evicted tenants, may, if they think fit, send in applications for reinstatement. A very large number of applications has been received, and it would not seem that facilities for lodging applications are in any wise lacking. As I have already stated, I hope after the end of this month to make a detailed statement as to the result of the Estates Commissioners' investigation into evicted tenants' application.