MR. C. MACVEIGH
I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland if the attention of the Estates Commissioners has been called to the case of Mrs. Mary M'Cool, widow of John M'Cool, who was evicted from his farm in the townland of Farrigans, on the Hayes estate, near Stranorlar, county Donegal, for non-payment of rent; if so, can he say why some person, said to be representing the Estates Commissioners, who was on the estate last week, would take no notice of the claim of Mrs. 1429 M'Cool; and whether he will direct the Commissioners to send down an inspector to inquire into her claim and see that the sale of the estate is not completed until the widow is reinstated or compensated for the loss of her farm.
§ MR. BIRRELL
The Estates Commissioners have fully investigated Mrs. M'Cools application, and have ascertained that upwards of seventeen years ago the applicant's late husband surrendered the farm to his brother, who is still the tenant. The Commissioners have, therefore, decided to take no action in the matter.