HC Deb 20 February 1908 vol 184 cc989-90
MR. N. J. MURPHY (Kilkenny, S.)

To ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland, whether the Estates Commissioners have power to buy out a grabber on an evicted farm in order to reinstate the original tenant in his own home; and, if so, if they will proceed at once to deal with such grabbers on the Kenmare estate, especially as the landlord has agreed to facilitate the reinstatement of tenants in every way possible.

(Answered by Mr. Cherry.) I refer the hon. Member to Section I (3) of The Evicted Tenants Act, 1907, which provides that no tenanted land shall be acquired compulsorily which is in the possession or occupation of a bona fide tenant using or cultivating the same as an ordinary farmer in accordance with proper methods of husbandry. The cases of evicted tenants on the Kenmare estate are at present the subject of inquiry and consideration by the Commissioners.