HC Deb 28 February 1910 vol 14 cc718-9W

asked the Chief Secretary for Ireland whether he is aware that James E. Chambers, formerly holder of an evicted farm on the Massereene estate, county Louth, agreed to give up the same and accept another farm at Grange, Lucan, in consideration of a building grant of £250 and a sum for expenses of removal equivalent to three years' rent of the holding on the Massereene estate to be paid or provided by Lord Massereene by agreement with Mr. Pinkerton, an inspector of the Estates Commissioners; and will he state what was the arrangement made by Mr. Pinkerton with Lord Massereene, and why the Estates Commission refuses to recognise the right of Mr. Chambers to be paid anything except the £250 building grant?


In consideration of his surrendering evicted lands on the Massereene Estate, Chambers was provided by the Estates Commissioners with another holding, and in connection therewith they sanctioned an expenditure of £225 for buildings and £25 for a road. The inspector explained to Chambers before he signed the agreement for the purchase of his new holding that no other allowance would be made to him. The arrangement come to between the owner and the Commissioners for the reinstatement of the evicted tenants of the Massereene estate was that he should recoup the Commissioners' portion of the expenditure incurred by them. The Commissioners consider that Chambers has been liberally dealt with, and they cannot see their way to make him any further grant.