Location: Mansion House Oak Room. Private meeting.
A. MACCABE (S. Sligo) moved and COUNTESS MARKIEVICZ (St. Patrick's) seconded:—
"That this Assembly pledges itself to a fair and full redistribution of the vacant lands and ranches of Ireland among the uneconomic holders and landless men.
Suspension of land purchases under the Land Acts during the First World War meant that there remained 114,000 unpurchased tenants, as well as 295,566 uneconomic occupiers of one to 30 acres and a further 112,787 occupiers of less than one acre.
"That no purchase by private individuals of non-residential land in the Congested Districts, or other land essential for the carrying out of any such schemes of land settlement as the Dáil may decide upon, which has taken place since Easter Monday, 1916, be sanctioned now or subsequently by the Irish Republican Government. That this resolution be taken as conveying a warning to those who have recently availed themselves of the crisis in National affairs to annex large tracts of land against the will and interests of the people."
After discussion this resolution was withdrawn; the question of a land policy to be considered by the Agricultural Department. For this purpose it was decided that a Committee consisting of:—
Land agitations, such as cattle-drives, levelling of walls and demonstrations, had occurred in 1918 in the west, sometimes lead by Sinn Féin and Volunteers. Sinn Féin and Volunteer executives, however, ordered members to avoid involvement.
P.O MAILLE (Connemara),
J.J. CLANCY (N. Sligo),
A. MACCABE (S. Sligo),
L. GINNELL (Westmeath),
D. O BUACHALLA (N. Kildare),
J. MACDONAGH (N. Tipperary),
P. MOLONEY (S. Tipperary),
S. ETCHINGHAM (E. Wicklow),
E.J. DUGGAN (S. Meath),
J. MACGRATH (St. James', Dublin).
J.A. BURKE (Mid-Tipperary),
be appointed to assist the Director of Agriculture in dealing with this matter.
The House adjourned at 6.40 p.m.