HC Deb 12 May 1908 vol 188 cc905-6

To ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland if he can say whether the Estates Commissioners have yet decided to give one of the members of the Cowhey family a holding as an equivalent to the farm which was surrendered by their father, Maurice Cowhey, deceased, of Ballinaguile, Croagh, in the County of Limerick for a rack-rent.

(Answered by Mr. Birrell.) Having regard to the circumstances under which the applicant's father surrendered his farm, and to the fact that he accepted £100 compensation from the owner for houses on the farm, and that the applicant's family at present holds a farm of 100 acres, the Estates Commissioners do not consider that Maurice Cowhey's case is one requiring to be specially dealt with. The Commissioners, however, are negotiating for the purchase of the estate of the trustees of Elizabeth Dickson, and, if they acquire it, they will reconsider Cowhey's case in connection with the distribution of the untenanted land on the property.