CEISTEANNA—QUESTIONS. [ ORAL ANSWERS. ] - SALE OF MAYO ESTATE.

LIAM MAC SIOGHARD

asked the Minister for Agriculture if his attention had been called to the fact that a certain Mayo estate is being sold at present and distributed on lines calculated to increase and stereotype congestion, and if, in the national interest, any steps can be taken to prevent this grave injustice to the uneconomic landholders in the neighbourhood.

Attention has been drawn to the reported proposal to sell a demesne in County Mayo. The Government cannot interfere with an owner's right to sell his property, but the sale of property or the creation of freeholds or tenancies now does not in any way interfere with or modify the right of the Commissioners under the Land Bill to acquire land compulsorily for the relief of congestion.