§ 67. Mr. DELANY
asked if the right hon. Gentleman has received a copy of a resolution passed unanimously by the Mount-mellick Rural District Council calling 979 upon the Department of Agriculture to have all the arable lands of Baureagh and Castleconnor divided amongst the people of the district, as there is barren land enough on which to plant trees; and can be say what course he proposes to adopt in this matter?
§ Mr. RUSSELL
A copy of the resolution referred to has been received by the Department. The Department propose to retain for forestry, which is the purpose for which they are most suitable, all the lands at present in their possession at Baureagh and Castleconnor. These lands formed portion of the Fogarty estate, and, prior to their acquisition by the Department, were offered to the Estates Commissioners, who declined to purchase them, as they were unsuitable for their purposes?