§ Mr. GILHOOLY
asked the Chief Secretary whether his attention has been called to the eviction of Timothy Leary by Mr. Simon White, of Glengarriffe Castle; whether he is aware that the Poor Law valuation of the holding is £1 10s. and rent £6, which was paid by labour 816W given two to three days a week, rendering it impossible for Leary to get other employment, and that the total number of days per year required of Leary were 120, reckoned at 1s. a day without food; and, seeing that Leary offered a money payment in lieu of labour for rent prior to and after the eviction and that such payment was refused by Mr. White, whether provision will be made in the coming Land Bill against a tenure-by-labour service, so as to prevent a recurrence of such a case?
§ Mr. BIRRELL
From the information before me it would appear that Leary was not evicted from the holding on account of non-payment of rent, but because his interest in the holding had determined, that the decision of the County Court Judge in the ejectment proceedings was affirmed on appeal by the Judge of Assizes, and that Leary has been reinstated in the holding as caretaker. As at present advised, I do not see that the very peculiar circumstances of this case are such as to call for legislation.