§ MR. SHEEHAN
I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland whether he is aware thatt he relieving officer, Millstreet Union, has served the usual notice preparatory to an eviction on Cornelius Rahilly, of Carriglea, Millstreet, County Cork, on the estate of Mr. H. W. Leader; whether he is aware that the present rent of the tenant is £70, whilst the Poor Law valuation is only £25; that an application to fix a fair rent was dismissed by the Land Sub-Commission at Millstreet, in February, 1906, on the ground that Rahilly was a future tenant; that an appeal was entered against this decision, and the farm sold by execution sale, at the instance of the landlord, on 13th April, 1907, before the appeal came to trial; and whether, seeing that various efforts were made at a settlement without result, he will consider the advisability, in disputes of this nature between landlord and tenant which lead up to eviction, of recommending that the Estates Commissioners should intervene to bring about a settlement.
§ MR. BIRRELL
The Estates Commissioners inform me that no proceedings for sale in this case have been instituted before them and that they have no 1551 knowledge of the facts alleged in the Question. Assuming, however, that the facts are as stated in the Question, the case is not one in which they would have power to interfere. The matter in dispute appears to relate to the payment of rent, and the Commissioner's powers of intervention do not apply to such cases.