Mr. W. REDMOND
asked the Chief Secretary the number of estates sold in county Clare since 1908 and the number in which negotiations are now taking place for sale; and how many estates have been dealt with in the period named by the Estates Commissioners and the Congested Districts Board, respectively?
§ Mr. BIRRELL
The Estates Commissioners inform me that since the 31st March, 1908, 154 estates in the county of Clare sold direct to tenants by the landlords have been vested in the purchasing tenants, and in the same period 45 estates were purchased by the Irish Land Commission, and 12 estates by the Congested Districts Board through the Irish Land Commission. There are now pending for sale in the same county 164 estates for sale direct by landlords to tenants, 14 estates for sale to the Irish Land Commission, and 28 estates for sale to the Congested Districts Board through the Irish Land Commission.
§ Mr. PATRICK WHITE
asked the Chief Secretary whether the untenanted land on the estate of Surgeon Gordon Jackson, situate at Rathe, Kilmainham Wood, also the land of Sir Lionel Alexander, situate at Cruicetown, county Meath, has been offered for sale to the Estates Commissioners?
§ Mr. BIRRELL
The Estates Commissioners are unable to identify the Gordon Jackson estate as the subject of proceedings for sale under the Land Purchase Acts before them. The estate of Sir L. C. W. 839W Alexander is the subject of proceedings for sale direct by the owner to the tenants under the Irish Land Act, 1903, and the owner has included for sale to the Commissioners some 272 acres of the lands of Cruicetown. When the estate is being dealt with in order of priority the Commissioners will consider the question of purchasing the lands.