HC Deb 23 March 1908 vol 186 cc1062-3

To ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland whether any steps have been taken by the Estates Commissioners to restore Mr. John F. M'Quade to the holding from which he was evicted on the Irvine estate, near Ederney, county Fermanagh; whether they have inspected and endeavoured to acquire the holding from the new tenant, and if the latter is willing to sell; and what has caused delay in reinstating Mr. M'Quade.

(Answered by Mr. Birrell.) The Estates Commissioners have inquired into the evicted tenant's application, and have had the holding inspected. They understand that the new tenant is willing to sell his interest in the holding, provided he receives compensation, and they are considering the question of acquiring such interest with the object of reinstating the evicted tenant. There has been no undue delay in dealing with the case, regard being had to the priority of other claims.