Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Mount Talbot House and Lands, Roscommon.

asked the Minister for Lands and Fisheries if he will state (1) the total acreage of land included with Mount Talbot House, Roscommon, as sold by the Irish Land Commission, (2) to whom it was sold, (3) the price paid and (4) if there were other offers made for portion of the lands in question.

Mount Talbot House, together with adjoining lands containing 158 acres, was re-sold by the Land Commission under purchase agreement dated 11th June, 1928, to Mr. M.J. Kelly, Ballygar, for a price of £1,300, of which £300 was a cash payment. Three other offers were received in response to the advertisement for the sale of the house and lands but, being considered inadequate, were not accepted. The 158 acres mentioned are of very inferior quality as they comprise 80 acres plantation, 10 water, 58 acres low-lying pasture liable to floods, and only 10 acres of the entire area is arable land.

Can the Minister say, in regard to these three offers which he mentioned, if the Land Commission had regard to the ability to pay on the part of the people who made those offers? Can the Minister tell the House if he has any information on that?

That is a separate question.

My question is in relation to the offers he says were made.

If the Deputy wants information on that matter he can put down a separate question.

Deputy Cleary's question refers to these offers made.

I have said that there were three other offers received in response to the advertisements.

But Deputy Cleary's question is if other offers were made for portion of the land in question. I take it the Minister's answer was in reference to the whole of that question?

And, therefore, the fourth paragraph of Deputy Cleary's question has not been answered. Perhaps the Minister would take another occasion to answer part four of that question.