§ Mr. LUNDON
asked whether the Estates Commissioners intend providing Patrick Whelan, of Brittas, Boher, county Limerick, with a farm in lieu of the one he now holds; and, if so, what is the cause of the delay in having him transferred and then allow the representative of the evicted tenant into the holding now occupied by Whelan?
§ Mr. RUSSELL
As the hon. Member has already been informed the Estates Commissioners are making inquiries as to the possibility of providing another farm for Whelan in a suitable locality, but they are not yet in a position to offer him a farm in lieu of that at present held by him.
§ Mr. J. P. FARRELL
asked the Chief Secretary whether he has been made aware that portions of the lands of Cooldoney, near Granard, county Longford, now in possession of a planter tenant named Lynn, have recently been offered for sale by private treaty by this man; whether he is aware that a man named Terence Reilly was evicted from these lands some twenty years ago, and subsequently died in Mullingar Asylum in consequence of the trouble which this eviction caused him; whether he is aware that the family of the deceased evicted tenant have repeatedly applied for relief and reinstatement, but have been refused on various grounds, one of the principal being that Lynn, the planter, was unwilling to part with these lands; and whether, as it now appears that this is no longer the case, the Commissioners will exercise their powers under the Evicted Tenants Act in this case and enter into negotiations with Lynn with a view to purchasing this farm for the Reilly's and restoring it to the children of the evicted tenant?
§ Mr. RUSSELL
The Estates Commissioners have no information as to the accuracy of the statement in the first part of the question. They have received an application from Terence Reilly's son for reinstatement in the holding formerly occupied by his father, and now in the possession of a judicial tenant, and after inquiry and consideration they have decided to take no action in the matter. The reply to the last paragraph of the question is in the negative.