§ MR. LUNDON (Limerick, E.)
I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland, can he say how the remainder of the Lefroy Estate, in Cahirconlish, county Limerick, stands; what progress has been made with the apportionment of the thirty-four acre lots among the labourers of the locality, and whether the No. 1 Limerick District Council are proceeding in the matter, so that the plots may soon be available for tillage; has Mr. Lefroy approached the Estates Commissioners in regard to the sale to them of the other parts of the demesne; and is it within the jurisdiction of the Estates Commissioners to approach Mr. Lefroy with regard to purchasing it in the interests of the labourers.
The Limerick No. 1 Rural District Council have recently submitted to the Local Government Board an extensive improvement scheme, which includes a proposal to acquire, by direct purchase from the vendor, thirty-four acres of land on the Lefroy Estate, for the purpose of labourers' cottages. The Inspector's Report on the scheme has now been received, and is at present under the consideration of the Board. The Estates Commissioners are negotiating with the vendor for the purchase of 200 acres of his estate, including seventy-one acres of the demesne of Cahirconlish. The Commissioners have jurisdiction to purchase land for resale to trustees for the purposes, amongst other things, of the Labourers' Acts, such lands to be held upon trust in accordance with a scheme to be approved by the Lord-Lieutenant. (Sections iand 20 of the Act of 1903.)