Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Land Commission—Roscommon Estates.

asked the Minister for Lands if he will state what protalised gress has been made by the Land Commission within the past 12 months towards preparing a rearrangement scheme on the Tredennick estate, County Roscommon.

Inquiries have been in progress to procure suitable lands but the matter is still in the preliminary stage.

Is the Minister aware that last February 12 months he told me the matter was being investigated and that a preliminary survey had been carried out at that particular date? Is he in a position now to state whether any further progress has been made since he replied to my question of 25th February, 1953?

A good deal of progress, I am happy to tell the Deputy, has been made. The matter of acquiring additional land for these rearrangement cases takes some time. There is also a question of migration; we have at any rate reached the position that we are preparing maps on the matter and everything possible is being done to press it forward.

The Minister, no doubt, is aware that apart from migration the question of emigration arises also.

That does not carry me any further.

asked the Minister for Lands if he will state the present position regarding the acquisition by the Land Commission of the Comyn estate, Milltown, Dysart, County Roscommon.

The Land Commission have not reinstituted proceedings for the acquisition of this estate but the matter is under review.

asked the Minister for Lands if he will state the present position regarding the acquisition by the Land Commission of the Fahy lands in Kinnitty townland, Roscommon.

The Land Commission instituted proceedings for the acquisition of three different estates of Fahy in Kinnitty townland. Objections to acquisition were lodged in all three cases and were allowed.

asked the Minister for Lands if he will state the present position regarding the acquisition by the Land Commission of the non-residential holding of the late Mr. Joseph Coen, Knockglass, Ballinameen, Boyle (Balfe estate).

The Land Commission are awaiting the decision of the Appeal Tribunal on an appeal by the owner on the question of price.

asked the Minister for Lands if he will state whether the Land Commission are prepared to reconsider the question of the acquisition of the non-residential holding in Glen and Tully, County Roscommon, at present in the possession of Mr. J. Glancy.

Since the Deputy's previous question last November, the Land Commission have again reconsidered this case and have decided to take no action.

Is the Minister aware that this particular farm of land is owned by a man in County Cavan, that he has it set for a number of years past among large landowners in the vicinity and that quite a number of small-holders there are very anxious to obtain some of this land for tillage and grazing purposes? Would the Minister now inform the House whether or not it is Land Commission policy to allow land to be let continuously on the 11 months system by non-residential holders?

It is not the policy of the Land Commission. The Deputy is aware of the fact that there have been particular difficulties in connection with this case. When he raised the matter in the House before I promised him it would be reconsidered. That has been done.

Would the difficulties be the fact that the people in the locality are rather vocal in their efforts to get this land divided? Would the Minister elaborate on his statement in regard to the difficulties? I know of no difficulties except the ones the owner of the land is putting up and the stubbornness of the Land Commission. Is he prepared to have this matter reconsidered at a later stage if the owner continues to set these lands on the 11 months system?

I am sure if the circumstances which the Land Commission believe prevent them from going ahead with proceedings alter, the matter could then be reconsidered.