§ Mr. MEAGHER
asked the Chief Secretary for Ireland if he can say if any steps have been taken by the Estates Commissioners with a view of acquiring the untenanted lands of the Persse estate, Killashulan, county Kilkenny, which is being 252 continually set on the eleven months' system to men who are otherwise large landowners, while a large number of uneconomic landholders reside in the immediate district who are most anxious to acquire portions of this land; and will he see that the Estates Commissioners will take immediate steps to acquire this land for the purposes above indicated?
§ Mr. BIRRELL
The owner is selling this estate to the tenants, and the purchase agreements were not lodged until October, 1908. When the property is being dealt with in order of priority the Estates Commissioners will make due inquiry with regard to the untenanted land.