§ 31. Mr. JOHN ROCHE
asked the Chief Secretary whether he is aware that on the estate of Major O'Neill Segrave, at Kilconnel, county Galway, there are about thirty uneconomic holdings and the grass lands are let to four graziers, who have recently got judicial tenancies out of Court; 1962 and whether moneys will be advanced to those graziers for the purchase of the grass lands and thereby deprive the uneconomic holders of any relief?
§ Mr. BIRRELL
This property is the subject of proceedings for sale to the Estate Commissioners under the Irish Land Act, 1903, and there are a number of small holdings on the estate. The lands referred to in the question as "grass lands" are subject to yearly tenures, and the rents are judicial and were fixed as regards three cases in 1904 and in one in 1897. The Commissioners are in negotiation with the owner with a view to an arrangement being come to whereby portion of these lands may be acquired as untenanted land for the purposes of distribution. At this stage of the proceedings the Commissioners are not in a position to reply to the concluding part of the question.