§ Mr. J. P. FARRELL
asked the Chief Secretary whether he is aware that the Estates Commissioners have served notice on Captain Sholto Douglas withdrawing their notice to compulsorily acquire 500 acres of the Douglas estate, county Longford, which two of their inspectors had visited and valued for the purposes of purchase; why such action was taken; and is there to be nothing done to provide homes for the ninety-seven evicted tenants in North Longford who have been expecting reinstatement under the Evicted Tenants Act on these lands?
§ Mr. BIRRELL
The Estates Commissioners published a notice in the "Dublin Gazette" with a view to the compulsory1292W acquisition of these lands, but decided, after inquiry, to discontinue the proceedings. The evicted tenants in county Longford whose applications have been approved have, with two exceptions, been reinstated or provided with new holdings. In the case of these two persons proceedings are pending for the sale of their former holdings to the Commissioners.