HC Deb 14 December 1908 vol 198 cc1231-2
MR. DUFFY (Galway, S.)

To ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland what was the date of inspection of the estate of Mrs. Rodney and others situated at Cahertubber, Ballydavid, and including a portion of the town of Athenry; whether repeated application has been made by the solicitors for the owners for the schedule showing the amount of each tenant's purchase money, and that such schedules cannot be produced on the grounds that they are still in the custody of the inspector; whether recently the agent on this property held an office for the collection of rents of the tenants who refused to pay; and, as proceedings for the recovery of this rent are being commenced, will the amount of the purchase moneys be sent to the solicitors, so that the interest payable by each tenant may be calculated and collected in lieu of rent, in order to prevent legal proceedings and secure the peace of the district.

(Answered by Mr. Birrell.) The Estates Commissioners inform me that a preliminary inspection of this estate was made in September, 1907, at the request of the owner, who instituted proceedings for sale in May last. The formal proposal of the Commissioners cannot issue until title is proved, and it is not their usual practice to furnish particulars of the prices in anticipation of their proposal. They will, however furnish such particulars in this case having regard to the circumstances mentioned in the Question.