5. Captain CRAIG
asked the Chief secretary whether he has received a report as to a series of outrages perpetrated at Clooniff, on the Kenny estate, in county Galway; whether he is aware that, on the night of the 17th instant, shots were fired at the house of Mr. Tierney, farmer and bailiff; whether on the same night walls were thrown down on the farms of Clonliff and on an adjoining farm; whether two graves were dug on the farms, and a threatening notice found; whether large stones were thrown through the window of Mr. Tierney's house and considerable damage done; whether it is the object of these outrages to compel the owner of the farms to sell to the Congested Districts Board so that the farms may be divided up amongst neighbouring tenants; and if the Board will yield to this intimidation and compel the owner to sell?
§ Mr. BIRRELL
I have received a report as to the occurrences referred to. Formal proceedings under the Irish Land Act, 1903, for the sale of the lands of Clooniff to the Estates Commissioners were instituted by the owners in 1908, and the Congested Districts Board have consented to the Commissioners dealing with the property. There is, therefore, no question of the Board acquiring the lands.