HC Deb 22 March 1917 vol 91 c2081W

asked the Chief Secretary for Ireland why the Countess of Kingston's estate, at Cootehill, county Roscommon, has not yet been vested in the tenants, although the agreements were signed in 1907 and lodged with the Commissioners; is he aware that the Ross Mahan estate in the adjoining townland has been vested, although the agreements for purchase were not lodged until 1909; why is there such a delay in the Kingston estate; and will immediate steps be taken to carry through to a finish this sale and thus give the full benefits of the Land Act to these tenants?


The Countess of Kingston's estate is a case of direct sale to tenants for payment entirely in cash. If the other estate referred to is the neighbouring McCausland estate, that is a case of direct purchase partly for stock and partly for cash, and this difference would account for earlier completion. In the Kingston estate there is also a large area of turbary which has to be allotted among the holdings, and the completion of the sale cannot take place till this is done.