HC Deb 07 July 1910 vol 18 cc1773-4

asked the Chief Secretary whether he is aware that a large farm of land was acquired some years ago by the Congested Districts Board in the neighbourhood of Athenry; that the farm was subsequently acquired by the Estates Commissioners; and that later on the greater portion of the farm was sold to the Agricultural Department for the express purpose of building a college thereon and maintaining the farm for the training and education of the young men of Connaught in the science of agriculture; will he state at what date the farm was purchased by the Department; what sum or sums of money have been earmarked for the purpose of building the college; is it the intention of the Agricultural Department to fulfil the promise made, on the strength of which they acquired the farm—namely, to build a college thereon; and whether he can state how the farm has been worked for the past five years?


I have nothing to add to the reply given by the Vice-President of the Department to a question on the same subject asked by the hon. Member for South Mayo on 29th July, 1909?