§ 72. Mr. BOLAND
asked the Chief Secretary for Ireland whether the attention of the Congested Districts Board and of the Estates Commissioners has been called to the resolution passed by the Cahirciveen Board of Guardians requesting the Congested Districts Board to secure the reinstatement of Mr. John Joseph Burke, son of the evicted tenant, in his farm at Gurranebane, near Cahir civeen; and whether, in view of the fact that this farm has now been vacant for over three months, and that Mr. Burke's claim has been lodged and admitted by the Commissioner who investigated it to be a proper case, steps will be taken to secure his reinstatement?
§ The CHIEF SECRETARY for IRELAND (Mr. Birrell)
The resolution referred to has not been received by either the Estates Commissioners or the Congested Districts Board. The Estates Commissioners received an application from John J. Burke for reinstatement in a holding formerly occupied by his father at Gurranebane, and, after inquiry and consideration, decided to take no action in the matter. The Congested Districts Board have not yet purchased the Trinity College Estate.
§ 73. Mr. LYNCH
asked the Chief Secretary for Ireland what negotiations are in progress for the acquisition by the Congested Districts Board of the Westby estate, Kilballyowen, West Clare; and whether, in view of the fact that there are a great many congests who would be 831 benefited by the distribution of land on this estate, he can promise that the matter will be soon dealt with?
§ Mr. BIRRELL
This estate is the subject of proceedings before the Estates Commissioners for sale direct by the owner to the tenants under the Irish Land Act, 1903. It has not yet been reached in order of prioriy, and, having regard to its position on the principal register of direct sales (all cash) and the prior claims of other estates, the Commissioners are not in a position to say when it will be reached.
§ 74. Mr. LYNCH
asked, in respect to the estate of W. V. Reeves, Killimer, West Clare, the terms with respect to the number of years purchase on which the Congested Districts Board acquired the property; what is the cause of the delay in vesting the land in the tenants; and whether expedition will be used in finally settling the business?
§ Mr. BIRRELL
It is not the practice of the Congested Districts Board to give details of the terms of purchase of the estates which they may have acquired. It is expected that the resurvey which was necessary owing to the changes in the boundaries of the holdings will shortly be completed when the Board will be in a position to resell to the tenants.