Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Odlum Estate.

Tuesday, 25 April 1950

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 120 No. 7

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Mr. Flanagan: Information on Oliver J. Flanagan  Zoom on Oliver J. Flanagan  asked the Minister for Lands if he is satisfied (1) that every applicant for land on the Odlum estate, Cappincur, Tullamore, Offaly, was interviewed by an officer of the Land Commission; (2) that a statement of circumstances was taken and submitted to the Land Commission for consideration on merit; further, if applicants were not interviewed by the Land Commission, whether he will indicate the reasons why this was not done.

Mr. Blowick: Information on Joseph Blowick  Zoom on Joseph Blowick  All applicants were interviewed with the exception of a few who resided too far from the lands to qualify for allotments and a statement of their circumstances was submitted.

Mr. Flanagan: Information on Oliver J. Flanagan  Zoom on Oliver J. Flanagan  Could the Minister state why a Mr. William Rooney, who lives within a stone's throw of this place, who made application for portion of the lands, was not called on by the inspector in the course of his rounds?

Mr. Blowick: Information on Joseph Blowick  Zoom on Joseph Blowick  Because he was too far away.

Mr. Flanagan: Information on Oliver J. Flanagan  Zoom on Oliver J. Flanagan  He is living in the immediate district.

Mr. Blowick: Information on Joseph Blowick  Zoom on Joseph Blowick  He is not.

Mr. Flanagan: Information on Oliver J. Flanagan  Zoom on Oliver J. Flanagan  How far away does he live, would the Minister tell us? I know the place better than the Minister.

[955]Mr. Blowick: Information on Joseph Blowick  Zoom on Joseph Blowick  The inspector knows the area just as well as the Deputy.

Mr. Flanagan: Information on Oliver J. Flanagan  Zoom on Oliver J. Flanagan  asked the Minister for Lands if he will state if the Land Commission propose to divide the lands on the Fossett estate, Pillsworth, Rosenallis, County Leix, and if he has received a report from the Land Commission in the matter; and, if so, its nature.

Mr. Blowick: Information on Joseph Blowick  Zoom on Joseph Blowick  The Land Commission have no proceedings for the acquisition of the lands at Corbally formerly owned by Mrs. Mary Fawcett and Another.

Mr. Flanagan: Information on Oliver J. Flanagan  Zoom on Oliver J. Flanagan  asked the Minister for Lands whether, in connection with his statement on 30th March, 1950 (column 323, Volume 120, No. 3), to the effect that Mr. M. Moore, Edenderry, approached him to have his land taken over by the Land Commission, the Minister is aware that Mr. Moore opposed the taking over of his lands by the Land Commission at all times; and, if so, whether he will examine the matter fully and make a statement on it.

Mr. Blowick: Information on Joseph Blowick  Zoom on Joseph Blowick  Mr. Moore did not approach me with a view to having his lands taken over by the Land Commission. The word “not” has been omitted from the Official Report.

Mr. Davin: Information on William Davin  Zoom on William Davin  Will the Minister say whether, in the case of the last Government, any decision to acquire these lands was taken at any time during their existence?

Mr. Blowick: Information on Joseph Blowick  Zoom on Joseph Blowick  No.

Mr. Flanagan: Information on Oliver J. Flanagan  Zoom on Oliver J. Flanagan  Fianna Fáil decided to divide those lands.

Mr. Blowick: Information on Joseph Blowick  Zoom on Joseph Blowick  I will get the exact details, dates and so on, for the two Deputies but, speaking offhand, my impression is that there was not.

Mr. Flanagan: Information on Oliver J. Flanagan  Zoom on Oliver J. Flanagan  Is the Minister aware that it is only since this Government came in that it was decided not to divide Mathias Moore's land?

[956]Mr. Blowick: Information on Joseph Blowick  Zoom on Joseph Blowick  I am not aware.

Mr. Flanagan: Information on Oliver J. Flanagan  Zoom on Oliver J. Flanagan  I am. The Minister is perfectly aware of it, too.

Mr. Blowick: Information on Joseph Blowick  Zoom on Joseph Blowick  I am not.

Mr. Flanagan: Information on Oliver J. Flanagan  Zoom on Oliver J. Flanagan  asked the Minister for Lands if he will say what steps have been taken to acquire for division the lands on Fisher estate, Timogue, Stradbally, County Leix, and if he will obtain an early report on the position in the area from the Land Commission.

Mr. Blowick: Information on Joseph Blowick  Zoom on Joseph Blowick  The Land Commission have no proceedings for the acquisition of this estate but inquiries are being made.

Mr. Davin: Information on William Davin  Zoom on William Davin  Is the Minister aware that consultations are going on for the sale of this place by private treaty and that, if such proceedings are successful, a large number of persons who have been making a livelihood out of conacre lettings, some of them holding this land for 20 to 25 years, will be left out in the cold?

Mr. Blowick: Information on Joseph Blowick  Zoom on Joseph Blowick  I am fully aware of the hardship in the immediate vicinity of this estate, but I am assured that the Land Commission is moving as rapidly as possible in this case.

Mr. Flanagan: Information on Oliver J. Flanagan  Zoom on Oliver J. Flanagan  asked the Minister for Lands when the Land Commission propose to divide the balance of the Robinson estate, Kilnacash, Mountmellick, County Leix.

Mr. Blowick: Information on Joseph Blowick  Zoom on Joseph Blowick  A decision has not yet been reached regarding the acquisition of these lands.

Mr. Flanagan: Information on Oliver J. Flanagan  Zoom on Oliver J. Flanagan  Would the Minister undertake to request the Land Commission to expedite a favourable decision in this case?

Mr. Blowick: Information on Joseph Blowick  Zoom on Joseph Blowick  As a matter of fact, it is the Land Bill that is holding them up.

Mr. Flanagan: Information on Oliver J. Flanagan  Zoom on Oliver J. Flanagan  Get it through quickly so.


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