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Dáil Éireann debate -
Thursday, 14 Feb 1952

Vol. 129 No. 4

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Congestion in County Galway.

asked the Minister for Lands whether the Land Commission are aware of the acute congestion which exists in many areas around Clarhaun, County Galway, and of the extent of the rundale system therein; and, if so, if he will indicate whether the commission propose to deal with the matter urgently.

I presume the question refers to the townland of Clerhaun, near Headford. The holdings in Clerhaun are not held in rundale and are not badly in need of rearrangement. The question of relieving any congestion in the area will be considered when suitable land becomes available for allotment.

There seems to be a mistake here. The question refers to lands in Claran, outside Headford. Will the Minister make a note of it and have it examined, with particular reference to Ballyhale, where there is an enormous amount of congestion and many holdings on the rundale system—people with ten and 15 acres of land holding them in 30 and 40 separate parcels? There are people there who are willing to migrate if the Land Commission can offer them suitable terms.

There is no townland of Claran, in so far as my inquiries have been able to trace it. The local inspector has not been able to trace it either. Possibly the townland is Carrownakit. If the Deputy thinks there is a mistake, perhaps he will put down another question.

There is a church in Claran and everybody knows where the church is.

The Deputy can repeat the question.