§ Mr. KELLY
asked the Attorney-General for Ireland whether he has any information as to the circumstances under which Michael Sharkey was evicted from a farm on the estate of John Craig, at Cortea, Killygordon, county Donegal; whether he is aware that the clerk of the peace for county Donegal refused to accept a tender of two years' arrears in this case made by Daniel M'Monagle, of Corgarey, Ballybofey, county Donegal, unless costs in addition were forwarded; and whether this money is still in the hands of the clerk of the peace?835W
§ Mr. BIRRELL
In this case an ejectment decree for non-payment of rent was obtained on 23rd October, 1908, the amount of rent due being two years at £3 8s. 6d. per annum, making £6 17s. and £1 4s. 6d. costs, total £8 1s. 6d. On 6th January, 1909, the prescribed notice under the seventh Section of the Irish Land Act, 1887, was lodged with the clerk of the Crown and peace. This notice states the amount to be paid or lodged for redemption as in decree above set out. On 28th June, in the absence of the clerk of the Crown and peace at Sessions, Daniel McMonagle lodged in his office the sum of £6 17s. On finding that this was not the amount claimed in the notice, the clerk of the Crown and peace wrote to McMonagle pointing out that the lodgment was short by £1 4s. 6d. amount of costs and requesting him to send this amount if possible by return of post, as otherwise it would be necessary to issue the decree and return him the amount lodged. To this letter he sent no reply. Subsequently the clerk of the Crown and peace wrote to the defendant, Sharkey, at the address given in the notice and affidavit, to the same effect. This letter was returned undelivered by the Post Office. The landlord's agent was also informed and refused to accept the amount lodged. As no answer was received from either the defendant or McMonagle, and as the landlord's agent refused to accept the money, it is still in the hands of the clerk of the Crown and peace.
§ Mr. KELLY
asked the Chief Secretary whether the Estates Commissioners have at present under consideration an application for reinstatement from John O'Gorman, of Ruskey, Convoy, county Donegal, an evicted tenant of the Gledstanes estate, county Donegal; whether he is aware that this tenant was ever led to believe that he would be reinstated in his former or some other farm; and whether it is proposed to take any action on his application?
§ Mr. BIRRELL
The Estates Commissioners have considered the application of John Gorman for reinstatement in his former holding on the estate of Campbell and others, now occupied by another tenant. His name has been noted in connection with the allotment of certain untenanted land which is at present the subject of proceedings under the Evicted Tenants Act.