Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Land Division in County Tipperary.

asked the Minister for Lands if he will state the cause of the delay in taking over the Handcock estate, Ballyknockane, Kilsheelan, Clonmel, which was listed for acquisition and division in 1939; and if, in view of the large number of uneconomic holders, landless men and suitable cottiers in the district, the Land Commission will expedite the matter.

The Land Commission have no proceedings for resumption of this holding but the matter has been noted for investigation as soon as possible.

Is the Minister aware that the lands in question are situated on the Slievenamon mountain, immortalised, as it was, by Charles Joseph Kickham, who prayed that the flag would be unfurled there, and that the present owner is the man who prevents the Irish flag from being unfurled in the six north-eastern counties of Ireland?

The Land Commissioners have decided to obtain an up-to-date report as soon as possible.

On the matters raised by the Deputy?

asked the Minister for Lands if he will state what progress has been made towards taking over the Murray Moore estate, Barne, Clonmel; and whether the matter will now be expedited in view of the already long delay and the many deserving applicants for land in the area.

The Land Commission have no proceedings for the acquisition of this estate, but the Deputy's representations have been noted.

asked the Minister for Lands if he will state the reason for the delay in the acquisition of the Purcell estate, Killusty, Fethard, County Tipperary; and when it is expected this land will be divided among the many deserving uneconomic holders, landless men and cottiers in the district.

It is not yet possible to say when these lands can be allotted.

There has been and will be no avoidable delay in the matter.

asked the Minister for Lands if he will state the reason for the delay in the division of the Harney estate, Wilford, Killenaule, County Tipperary, and when it will be divided among the many deserving applicants in the area.

The Land Commission have no proceedings for the acquisition of the Harney estate but they have called for a detailed report on it.