§ MR. DUFFY
To ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland if an agreement form to purchase the grazing farm of Caramina from the trustee to the Darcy property, situate in the parish of Balamana, Loughrea, has been filed with the Estates Commissioners by Mr. Martin Farrell; whether he is aware that Mr. Farrell is an agricultural tenant on another property, holding over 100 acres of prime land; and whether, in view of the number of small holdings in the neighbourhood, he will advise the Commissioners not to sanction the agreement until such time as the small holdings are made economic out of this grazing farm.
(Answered by Mr. Bryce.) The Estates Commissioners inform me that the farm referred to was part of the estate of Anne Kelly and others, which was purchased by the Commissioners under Section 6 of the Act of 1903. Martin Farrell was tenant of the farm which contained some 160 acres. At the request of the Commissioners he offered to give up twenty-two acres of the land to be divided between two tenants on an adjoining estate who were anxious to have their holdings enlarged. These tenants refused to take the twenty-two acres unless all the land were surrendered by Farrell and divided. The Commissioners accordingly sold to Farrell the whole of the farm occupied by him, and it has been vested in him. The Commissioners understand that Mr. Farrell has another farm on another property.