HC Deb 15 March 1917 vol 91 cc1286-7

asked the Chief Secretary for Ireland, if he is aware that John A. O'Kelly, Gurtray, Portumna, county Galway, has consented to sell to the Congested Districts Board his interes in an outside farm which he holds at Capira, on the late Clanricarde estate; and what steps have the Board taken to acquire this farm for the relief of the congestion which exists in the district?


I am informed that Mr. O'Kelly has not offered to sell the farm at Capira to the Congested Districts Board, but the Board have authorised negotiations for the purchase of the tenancy interest in it with a view to utilising the land for the enlargement of congested holdings on the Clanricarde estate.


asked the Chief Secretary for Ireland when formal proceedings for sale under the Land Purchase Acts were instituted by William D. Curtin, of Caherlevoy, Mount Collins, county Limerick, and the statutory requirements as to the title complied with in connection with the sale of his farm of 50 acres to the Estates Commissioners for the purpose of relieving congestion on the Mahony estate at Mount Collins; and will he say what was the price the Estates Commissioners agreed to pay for this farm?


Formal proceedings for sale of part of his holding were instituted by Curtin on 4th September, 1913. The statutory requirements as to title have not yet been fully complied with, as the portion of the existing annuity on the lands will have to be redeemed before the sale can be completed. It would be contrary to practice to disclose the price proposed to be paid to Curtin.


asked the Chief Secretary for Ireland what steps, if any, the Congested Districts Board have taken to compulsorily acquire for the relief of congestion 472 acres of untenanted land in the parish of Clontuskert, county Galway, on the late Clanricarde estate?


If the hon. Member will furnish me with the name of the occupier of the land referred to and the names of the townlands in which they are situated, inquiries will be made.