§ MR. THOMAS O'DONNELL
I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland how many evicted tenants have been reinstated in county Kerry under the operation of the Land Act 1903; what estates are these situated on; how many other evicted tenants have sent in applications for reinstatement; and whether, seeing the disappointment and suffering caused to these people by the delay in having them reinstated, stops will be taken to give such further powers to the Estates Commissioners as they may need to reinstate every evicted tenant in his former holding in the shortest possible time.
The Estates Commissioners have received information of restoration, up to 30th April, of thirty-five evicted tenants in county Kerry, namely, twenty-five on the Warden Estate, two on the Listowel Estate, and one each on the Murphy, Harley, McCartie, Coltsman, Mahony, Day, Fitzgerald, and Sandes Estates. The Commissioners have received applications for reinstatement from 430 other evicted tenants in the same county. As I have already announced, an additional staff of inspectors to inquire into the claims of evicted tenants has now been appointed, and these will enter upon their work without delay, as I stated last Thursday.
§ MR. FLAVIN (Kerry, N.)
Will the right hon. Gentleman make representations to the Estates Commissioners not to sanction sales of estates unless the 995 untenanted lands on the estates are sold with them.
I will convey to the Commissioners any information the hon. Member may have, but I cannot interfere with their discretion.