HC Deb 19 November 1908 vol 196 cc1427-8

I beg to ask the Chief Secretary fo the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland whether his attention has been called to the circumstances connected with the resistance offered to an inspector of the Estates Commissioners, at Tullaroan, county Kilkenny, on the 10th instant, when a mob prevented the reinstatement of evicted tenants on lands provided for them; whether he has any information as to the persons who organised this demonstration; and what action is to be taken by the Estates Commissioners in reference to the matter.


The Estates Commissioners inform me that their inspector attended, not for the purpose of reinstating evicted tenants, but in order to give possession to persons selected to occupy parcels of untenanted land acquired under the Irish Land Act, 1903, in accordance with a scheme settled by the Commissioners. The majority of the persons so selected were placed in possession, but, owing to opposition, possession of certain parcels was not given on the date referred to, but the Commissioners have now made arrangements for giving possession in these cases.


Were the people who eventually got possession those who were named in the original scheme?


Yes, Sir.