Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Division of Co. Mayo Lands.

asked the Minister for Lands and Fisheries it he will state when it is proposed to take any action in connection with the division of land, migration and vesting of tenants on the Carter estate, Belmullet, County Mayo.

The estate of V.A.T. Shaen Carter is being dealt with under the Land Act, 1923, and a provisional list of the land, which if not excluded in consequence of a valid objection will become vested in the Land Commission on the appointed day, was published this month. An inspector will visit the estate at an early date with a view to reporting on questions relating to joint tenants and sub-tenancies, etc., which it will be necessary to clear up before the appointed day can be fixed, when all the holdings will be retained with a view to preparing the estate for re-sale.

On a point of information would the Parliamentary Secretary tell us what is meant by an early date in the Land Commission? Is it six months, a year, or ten years?

On another point of information, I may mention that it is at least over eighteen months since I received exactly the same reply from the Parliamentary Secretary in reference to this estate.

This estate is a particularly difficult one. It comprises about 650 holdings, the majority of which are intermixed or in rundale. The holdings have got to be rearranged before the re-sale scheme can be completed. I am sure that Deputies will realise that it is impossible under circumstances such as these to say when the re-sale scheme will be put into operation.