HC Deb 29 March 1909 vol 3 cc162-3W

asked the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland whether it has come to his notice that evictions on a wholesale scale are meditated in the district of Derrybrien, Loughrea, by the Marquis of Clanricarde; and, seeing that the district is a mountain and congested district, with the average valuation per house less than £2, whether the Government will take any steps, pending the passing into law of the Land Bill before the House, to suspend the execution of the decrees in question, as certain to create disorder in the country?


I am informed that processes have been served on a number of the tenants in the district referred to, but I am not aware whether any evictions are imminent. If the sheriff calls for protection in the service of the King's writ it is not competent to the Executive Government to refuse the assistance of the forces of the Crown.