HC Deb 18 May 1908 vol 188 cc1630-1

To ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland whether, in connection with the distribution of the untenanted land on the Montalt estate, County Tipperary, the Estates Commissioners took any steps whatever under Section 7 of The Labourers (Ireland) Act, 1906; did they make ally inquiry pursuant to Section 96 of The Irish Land Act, 1903; did they transmit to the council of the Cashel Rural District any report of their opinion; and what steps are the Estates Commissioners now going to take to provide, in conjunction with the Cashel Council, sufficient accommodation under the Labourers Act for the labourers of the district.

(Answered by Mr. Birrell.) The Estates Commissioners made inquiries as to the accommodation needed for labourers on the Montalt estate, and their scheme for its re-sale provides for three-acres plots for some twenty purchasers of the labouring class. The Commissioners have also informed the Cashel Rural District Council that they are prepared to sell to the council, pursuant to the 7th Section of The Labourers Act, 1906, a further portion of land if the council should require it for the purposes of the Labourers Act. The Commissioners have reserved a portion of the land pending the reply of the council.