80. Mr. O' MALLEY
asked if the vacancy on the Congested Districts (Ireland) Board has yet been filled up; if not, will he see that a man with thorough knowledge of the condition and wants of the tenantry, and who will be in sympathy with them, is appointed; and if he will consider the desirability of filling the vacancy by the appointment of a man who in a special way would represent the tenants in Connemara, for whom the Board was in the first instance brought into existence?
§ Mr. DUKE
The vacancy has not yet been filled. All relevant circumstances will be taken into account in making the appointment. I am unable to assent to the suggestion in the question that a member of the Congested Districts Board should be regarded as representing a separate area; but before making any recommendation I shall, of course, consider the case of Connemara.