HC Deb 03 December 1908 vol 197 cc1646-7

To ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland if he can say whether the Estates Commissioners have taken any steps to reinstate the widow Browne in the farm from which her husband was evicted about fifteen years ago, known as the Glebe, situate near Knockaderry, in the County of Limerick; whether he is aware that the farm is at present under the representatives, or Commissioners, of the late Established Church, who are paying £1 per week to a caretaker for herding it, without getting any return for the outlay; and will he see that the Estates Commissioners reinstate her without further delay.

(Answered by Mr. Birrell.) The Land Commission inform me that an advance for the purchase of this holding was made to the late "William Brown by the Church Temporalities Commissioners in 1877. Owing to his failure to pay the purchase annuity, Brown was dispossessed in 1894. Since then several attempts to sell the holding have failed. The provisions of the Evicted Tenants Act do not apply to such a case.