§ MR. O'MALLEY (Galway, Connemara)
I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland if his attention has been drawn to the fact that fourteen families were evicted a few weeks ago on the Berridge Estate, in the Carna district of Connemara for non-payment of rent; and, if so, whether he will state the extent of the holdings and rental in these cases; and whether he can take steps, in the Land Bill or otherwise, to deal with the cases of rents upon holdings that are incapable of yielding rent
§ MR. WYNDHAM
The number of evicted holdings was eight, and six of these were occupied by joint tenants, or tenants in common. The extent of the holdings varied from sixteen to thirty-one acres; the rental from £5 to £8; and the arrears due from three to; seven years. Seven tenants and sub-tenants were readmitted as caretakers. Section 5, Sub-section 3 of the Land Law Act, 1896, deals with the fixing of fair rents on holdings held by joint tenants.