HC Deb 07 May 1908 vol 188 c406

To ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland on what grounds the Estates Commissioners refused to sanction an advance to enable James Flanagan, of Drumlaghy, Letterbreen, County Fermanagh, a tenant on the estate of Mr. Arthur Irwin, of Derrygore, to purchase his holding when the rest of the estate was being sold to the tenants; and have the Commissioners excluded this holding from the sale, or can they reconsider the case.

(Answered by Mr. Birrell.) The only purchase agreement in the case of the estate of Mr. Irwin which has been lodged with the Estates Commissioners was that signed by James Flanagan. The Commissioners, in the exercise of their discretion, declined to declare this single holding to be an estate for the purposes of the Act.