CEISTEANNA—QUESTIONS. ORAL ANSWERS. - ECHO OF BELFAST BOYCOTT.

asked the Minister for Finance whether he is aware that on the withdrawal of the ban on Belfast goods subsequent to the signing of the Treaty many merchants ordered goods from Belfast firms, that on the re-imposition of the boycott these merchants were visited by members of the local Boycott Committees acting on the instructions of the Central Boycott Committee and received cheques to the value of the goods as per invoice, and that receipts are held for such payments, that demands are now being made for the payment of the goods by the firms in the areas then boycotted, and whether compensation will be made to the merchants now called upon to pay a second time for these goods.

On the facts as presented the aggrieved parties have no claim for compensation under the Damage to Property Compensation Act, which excludes cases where cash is taken.