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Land Law (Ireland) Acts—Rights To Turf And Sea Weed

Volume 280: debated on Tuesday 19 June 1883

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asked the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, If it is correct that those tenants on the Mount Charles and other neighbouring estates in Donegal, who have taken advantage of the Land Acts to have fair rents fixed by the court, have since been deprived of those privileges of turf and sea-weed which they have always enjoyed?

I am informed that the circumstances are as stated. I cannot take it upon myself to offer a legal opinion as to whether or not the tenants have any remedy; but if, as described in the Question, the advantages of which they have been deprived were "privileges" accorded to them by their landlord, and not legal rights, it seems to me doubtful whether any legal redress could be sought. I understand that in some of the cases referred to appeals are pending, and that it is expected that when the appeals have been heard, some arrangements will be come to as to the cutting of turf and sea-weed.