§ MR. FLAVIN (Kerry, N.)
I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland whether he is aware that Lord Ormathwaite has agreed to sell his estate in North Kerry to the tenants and also agrees to have evicted tenants put back into their evicted farms; and whether the Estates Commissioners will immediately reinstate Thomas Walsh, an evicted tenant on this estate, who has 511 been on the roadside for over twenty years, and other tenants as well.
The hon. Member further asked if, seeing that the landlord had now agreed to sell to the tenants, there was any reason why the Estates Commissioners should not reinstate these men at once, especially in the cases where the holdings are vacant.
§ MR. BIRRELL
I will inquire into that. The Estates Commissioners made an offer in 1906, for the purchase of the holding from which Thomas Walsh had been evicted, but the offer was refused by the owner. The Commissioners now propose to acquire compulsorily certain land on the estate, and if they should do so they will consider the question of providing Walsh with a holding on the land so acquired.