To ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland whether a representation for a cottage and allotment on the lands of Michael Nugent, rural district councillor, was received by the Carrick-on-Suir (No. 2) District Council from a labourer named Michael Scully, of Tinhalla; was this representation passed by the district council but transferred by the sites committee, of which Michael Nugent was a member, from the latter's farm to the holding of a brother district councillor named William Hearne; was this transfer effected on the recommendation of the sites committee as a whole or on the sole initiative and responsibility of Michael Nugent; has there been friction at the meetings of the district council over Scully's application and the shifting of sites: have the council as a result now thrown out this man's representation, although it was originally approved of by them: and will he say whether, having regard to all the circumstances, the Local Government Board inspector will inquire at the local inquiry with a view to restoring Scully's representation to the improvement scheme. (Answered by Mr. Birrell.) A representation on behalf of the labourer in the Question, for a cottage and allotment on the land of Michael Nugent, was passed by the rural district council and referred by them to the local sites committee with a view to their selecting the particular site on Nugent's farm on which the cottage should be built. The committee, however, did not mark out any site on Nugent's farm, and when the committee's report came before the district council the council decided to reject the case, possibly in order not to delay the whole scheme. The Local Government Board have no information as to the other matters referred to in the Question. As regards the concluding portion of the Question I must refer to the reply which the Attorney-General for Ireland gave on my behalf to the hon. Member's Question of the 11th July.
(Cork County, Mid.)