§ Mr. BOLAND
asked the Chief Secretary for Ireland whether he has made inquiries with reference to the memorial from the tenants on the Rowland Blennerhassett estate, Beaufort., county Kerry, submitted to him on the 30th ultimo; and whether, 'in view of the fact that these tenants were promised sufficient turbary when they signed purchase agreements under the Ashbourne Act, he will now state what steps will be taken to redeem those promises to those tenants?
§ Mr. BIRRELL
I have referred the memorial forwarded to me by the hon. Member to the Estates Commissioners, who inform me that it relates to holdings sold over twenty years ago by the landlord to the tenants under the Provisions898W of the Purchase of Land (Ireland) Act, 1885. The Estates Commissioners have no knowledge of any promises such as those referred to and have no power to interfere in the matter.
§ Mr. O'DOWD
asked the Chief Secretary whether the Clonmeenaghan and Annaghcur grazing ranches now in possession of Mr. Gorman, Sligo, and Mr. Manly Palmer, Dromahaire, and situate on the Nicholson estate, electoral division of Lakeview, Sligo union, have been inspected by the Congested Districts Board with a view to purchase; and, if so, whether the purchase terms have been agreed upon?
§ Mr. BIRRELL
The estate referred to has been inspected and the Congested Districts Board hope to issue an offer for its purchase at an early date. The terms for purchase have not yet been agreed upon.