§ MR. LONSDALE
To ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland whether he has any information respecting the driving of cattle off lands at Boyle in the possession of the Estates Commissioners and let by them for grazing purposes; and whether the gates which were removed from the property have been recovered.
(Answered by Mr. Birrell.) The lands referred to consist of a small part of the King-Harman estate purchased by the Estates Commissioners, but not yet resold. The local police have reported that there is no truth in the newspaper statement that cattle were driven off the lands in question. No cattle, in fact, were on the farm when the drive is alleged to have taken place. A gate on the farm was found to have been broken on that occasion, and this appears to have given rise to the rumour in question.