CEISTEANNA—QUESTIONS. ORAL ANSWERS. - LOSS OF A COW.

asked the Minister for Finance if he received a claim for £53 from Mr. Patrick Mahon, Main Street, Banagher, Offaly, for loss of a cow killed by British Forces in 1921; whether he is aware that the Compensation (Ireland) Commission granted an amount of £4 0s. 0d., and whether, in view of the apparent unfairness of this award, he will make representations to the Commission for a revision of same.

The claim referred to by the Deputy was presented in the ordinary way to the Compensation (Ireland) Commission, whose award of the amount mentioned has recently been communicated to my Department. As the Tribunal referred to is an international body of independent status, it is not proper for me to make representations or to press for revision of any of its awards.

Will the Minister say if the award given in this case was supposed to cover the value of the hide of the cow and not the cow, which was much more valuable in 1921 than the amount which has been recovered, and will he consult the Minister for Agriculture as to whether it is a fair award or not?

It does not matter very much whether I think it is a fair award or not, since I would not be disposed to make any further inquiries.