IRISHMEN IN THE GREAT WAR.(HOUSING SCHEME).

With the leave of the Seanad, I should like to draw attention to a fact of pressing interest— that is, that a large tract of land has been bought and paid for in the county of Kildare, on which it is proposed to settle Irishmen who fought in the Great War. The object of this scheme is the same as that of several other schemes in various parts of Ireland which have been carried out successfully. Houses are to be built for these men, and they are each to have a certain amount of land. Now, I am not going to make a speech. I only wish to say that in these times it is very difficult to deal with such a large scheme. In one or two cases the schemes have been eminently successful, but I know that in my own county some irresponsible people, when houses were built, came forward and broke the windows. We are, of course, accustomed to that sort of thing in this country. Now, this is a very large scheme, and I only wish to draw the attention of the Seanad to it in order to enable the Government, if possible, to deal with this matter. I will bring it forward later on, when I have, if possible, consulted with the Minister or Ministers that have to deal with the matter.