I beg to move an amendment:—
In page 8, after Section 24, to add a new section as follows:—
Repeal.—The Act of the Irish Parliament passed in the year 1710 and entitled "An Act for the better securing of rents and to prevent frauds committed by tenants" (9 Anne, Chap. VIII.) is hereby repealed.
That statute is still operative, and the effect of it is to give the landlord to whom a year's rent is due priority over ordinary judgment creditors. It is well known to members of the legal profession and the members of the commercial community that there is often collusion between landlords and tenants under that statute, to deprive the ordinary judgment creditor of his remedy for the recovery of his debts. Apart, however, from that, it is considered undesirable that a landlord should have priority over an ordinary creditor, and it is considered desirable that this particular Act should be repealed.