§ MR. HUGH LAW (Donegal, S.)
To ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland whether he is aware that the trustees and tenants of the estate of the late Mr. Richard Keys, of Crolly, County Donegal, have mutually agreed as to the sale and purchase of the estate; whether the Congested Districts Board has intimated that it is unable to carry out the purchase for lack of funds; and whether, seeing that the rental amounts only to £44 per annun and the purchase price is consequently small, he will make such arrangements as will enable the Board to cause the purchase to be carried out forthwith.
(Answered by Mr. Birrell.) In April, 1906, the Congested Districts Board informed the owner's solicitors that they were willing to make an offer for the estate in question upon receiving the rental of the estate, but no reply was received. I am not aware of any agree- 816 ment between the trustees and the tenants of the estate. The Board are not now in a position to reopen negotiations in the matter for reasons which I have already fully stated.