Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Purchase of Limerick Estate.

asked the Minister for Lands and Fisheries if he will state the cause of the delay in the completion of the purchase by the Land Commission of the Newman estate at Glenstar, Co. Limerick (Record No. N. 182); if he is aware that the title deeds were lodged some considerable time ago and the lands were vested in May of last year, and can the Minister say when the matter will be completed and the purchase money paid?

Prior to the passing of the Land Act, 1931, estates coming under the purchase provisions of the Land Act, 1923, were normally dealt with in the priority of the lodgment of the prescribed documents in the Land Commission. The Newman estate referred to by the Deputy had not been reached in its order of priority under the old procedure, but it was vested in the Land Commission under Section 9 of the Land Act, 1931, as of the 1st May last, together with a great number of other estates, among which its order of priority still holds in regard to the investigation of title to the purchase price. It is, therefore, not possible at present to state when the proceedings will be completed and the purchase price paid out, but every effort will be made to have the matter expeditiously dealt with.