HC Deb 25 June 1908 vol 191 c102

I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland whether, when Messrs. Green and Stewart, inspectors of the Irish Land Commission, were recently engaged in allotting or laying out untenanted land on the Monaghan estate, County Galway, Heathlawn townland, for division amongst the adjoining owners, they were accompanied by Father Callanan and Father Donohue, Roman Catholic curates; was it the priests who, in fact, made the allotments, and amongst the allotments did Father Donohue himself get a substantial holding with a residence on it, and is he to be enabled to purchase by means of an advance; and was he a person previously having an uneconomic holding in the district or elsewhere.


The Estates Commissioners approved of a scheme for the distribution of the untenanted lands referred to in the Question, and on a subsequent date the two inspectors—amed were directed to attend on the lands and place the purchasers in possession in accordance with the scheme already settled. On the day on which they gave possession some 150 persons were present, including the agent of the estate, Rev. Father Callanan, and Rev. Father Donohue. The latter was not allotted any portion of the estate.