CEISTEANNA—QUESTIONS. ORAL ANSWERS. - LAND COMMISSION WORK IN CLARE.

asked the Minister for Lands and Agriculture if he is aware that in work which is being carried out by the Irish Land Commission on the estate of Lord Inchiquin at Leimenagh, Corofin, County Clare, several large farmers are employed, and that the official of the Land Commission in charge of the work refused to employ bona fide labourers from Corofin, or even reply to correspondence addressed to him on the matter.

As is the general practice the labour required has been recruited from the immediate neighbourhood and the Surveyor in charge reports that the most deserving cases have been taken on in so far as it is consistent with the effective discharge of the work.

Mr. P. HOGAN

Is the Minister aware that several labourers in Corofin, within three or four miles, actually asked for work from the Surveyor in question; that up to the present farmers with 12 or 14 cows are employed on the work and that these other people are denied employment?

That question will have to be put to the Minister for Agriculture. I understand that Corofin is five miles from the estate.