CEISTEANNA—QUESTIONS. ORAL ANSWERS. - SEIZURE OF CATTLE.

EAMON O DUBHGHAILL

asked the Minister for Defence if he is aware that on the 24th July last Military visited the farm at Kilmaglush, Fenagh, Co. Carlow, and took therefrom a number of cattle, horses, etc., including a cow, heifer and horse, the property of Edward Butler, Ballaghmore, Co. Carlow; whether he is aware that this man's stock happened to be there by accident and whether, seeing that Butler is only an agricultural labourer, he will undertake to consider this as an exceptional case with a view to compensation.

Mr. O'HIGGINS

This question should have been addressed to the Minister for Home Affairs.

The facts in regard to this seizure are as stated. My information in regard to the nature of the trespass is that it was not accidental. Cattle belonging to the owner of this farm were driven off the lands in 1921 and 1922, and illegal trespass was then persisted in up to the time of the seizure. I cannot undertake at present to make any ex gratia grant by way of compensation.