asked the Minister for Lands the length of time the Armstrong and Gadd estates of Kilfree, County Sligo, are in the hands of the Land Commission; and if he will ask the Land Commission to have these estates allocated without further delay.
Written Answers. - Land Division.
Cavan): Possession of the Armstrong and Gadd properties passed to the Land Commission on 13th November, 1970, and 12th May, 1972, respectively.
The formulation of proposals for the division of the lands involved—34 acres—was deferred in the hope that further lands would be acquired so that a more effective scheme of improvement of small farms in the locality could be drawn up. In the event, these further lands were not acquired and it is now hoped to dispose of the two holdings in question this year.
asked the Minister for Lands how long the Land Commission have had possession of the Graham estate (S. 22575) at Brockra, Ballyfin, County Laois; and why it has not been divided before now.
Cavan): Possession of this 22-acre property passed to the Land Commission in 1965. Proposals for the disposal of the lands were drawn up in 1967 but the commissioners subsequently decided that they should be deferred pending a further examination of land needs in the district. It is now considered that the holding can best be allotted in conjunction with a further 125 acre property which has been acquired in the area and other lands of which it is hoped to obtain possession later this year. The intention would be to draw up a comprehensive resale scheme covering all the lands.