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Purchase Of The Freeman Estate, County Cavan

Volume 181: debated on Friday 23 August 1907

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To ask the Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland whether the Estates Commissioners have acquired, in Judge Ross's Court, the Freeman estate, at Virginia, county Cavan; and, if so, when and for what amount; whether the receiver has conveyed to the tenants the terms of purchase; whether the untenanted land has been or will be acquired, in view of the fact that many of the tenants are very poor and stand in need of economic holdings; and whether the turbary on the untenanted land will be made available for the tenants. (Answered by Mr. Birrell.) The Estates Commissioners have made an offer to purchase this estate, and the Land Judge has signified his willingness to accept the offer, subject to the tenants signing the necessary undertakings to purchase their holdings at the prices estimated by the Commissioners. It is understood that these prices have been communicated to the tenants, who have so far refused to give them. The untenanted land, on which the turbary is situate, was sold long since and has been vested in the purchaser.