WRITTEN ANSWERS. - BLACKWATER FLOODING.

SEAN O DUINNIN

asked the Minister for Agriculture whether as there are no funds available at present to repair broken banks of the Blackwater near Mallow at Lombardstown; the owners of fields flooded, ruined or threatened will get reductions in their rent corresponding to the damage suffered by neglect of the river banks.

If the Deputy refers to the lands of Lombardstown situate in the Rural District of Mallow, which were purchased by the occupying tenants under the Irish Land Act, 1903, subject to Land Purchase Annuities, there is no power to reduce such Annuities. If the Deputy refers to rents payable by unpurchased tenants to the owner of the lands the Government have no information on the subject.