Mr. WILLIAM REDMOND
asked the number of evicted tenants in county Clare reinstated or provided with new holdings in the last ten years, and the number who have applied for reinstatement?
§ Mr. BIRRELL
Since the passing of the Irish Land Act, 1903, the Estates Commissioners have received 508 applications from persons seeking reinstatement as evicted tenants or their representatives in county Clare. In 223 cases the Commissioners, after inquiry and consideration, decided to take no action. One hundred and forty-nine applicants have been reinstated in their former holdings or provided with other holdings, and fifteen have been noted for consideration in the allotment of untenanted land by the Commissioners. The remaining applications were not received within the period limited by the Evicted Tenants Act, 1907, and cannot, therefore be dealt wth under that Act.
§ Mr. DORIS
asked whether the Estates Commissioners received in due time from Edward O'Malley, Westport, an application for reinstatement on a holding from which he was evicted by the Earl of Lucan, situate in Innisturk, county Mayo, and recently acquired by the Congested Districts Board; and, if so, whether the Commissioners or the Board will reinstate O'Malley, or provide him with another holding?
§ Mr. BIRRELL
The Estates Commisseioners are making further inquiries into the application of Edward O'Malley. The Congested Districts Board cannot undertake to provide a holding for this man, as they have no untenanted lands on or in the neighbourhood of the Lucan estate available for the purpose.