§ MR. FFRENCH (Wexford, S.)
To ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord-Lieu- 1630 tenant of Ireland whether he is aware that the Templemore evicted tenants were led to believe that they would be restored to their homes last autumn; whether any progress has since been made; and if the Estates Commissioners can give any definite statement as regards the time of their restoration.
(Answered by Mr. Birrell.) The Estates Commissioners have received applications from five evicted tenants on the Templemore estate. In two of the cases the Commissioners are negotiating for the purchase of the holdings with the object of reinstating the evicted tenants; in one case the Commissioners will provide the evicted tenant with a new holding if one can be found for him; and in the two remaining cases the Commissioners have decided to take no action. The Commissioners cannot name a definite date when the outstanding cases will be disposed of.