§ Sir JOHN LONSDALE
asked the Chief Secretary for Ireland if he is aware that a Protestant farmer named William Bryan, of Knocknacurra, Bandon, county Cork, and his family are boycotted because he refuses to give up the farm which has been occupied by Bryan and his father for twenty-two years, and which for the past six years has been vested in Bryan as a tenant purchaser under the Land Act of 1903; is he aware that the farm has been claimed under the Evicted Tenants Act by the son of a man who formerly held it as a herd on a grazing take, and the Estates Commissioners have declined to reinstate this man; is he aware that the Bryan's have to be protected by police controls; has he any information as to Roman Catholics holding evicted farms in the same neighbourhood being molested; and will he stale what action he proposes to take to protect the Bryan's from further annoyance?
§ Mr. BIRRELL
The police authorities inform me that this man was for a time partially boycotted, for the reasons stated, but it has now almost entirely died out. I am aware that one Michael Flynn, a son of a former occupant, who held under a temporary letting, applied for reinstatement in the holding, but the Estates Commissioners decided that they could not reinstate him. The police are not aware of any other evicted farms in the neighbourhood. The police have afforded Bryan all the protection necessary, and will continue to do so.