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Landlords and Tenants Inch Towards Resolution: A Conference on the Irish Land Question Gains Momentum – Limerick Gazette

Landlords and Tenants Inch Towards Resolution: A Conference on the Irish Land Question Gains Momentum

Efforts for a peaceful resolution to the Land Question in Ireland have been steadily increasing, with pro-peace landlords gaining support, particularly after the recent meeting of Limerick landlords. Led by Lord Dunraven, the attendees unanimously approved the organization of a conference between landlords and tenants – a clear counterpoint to the previous rejection of such proposals at the Convention.

Opposition to the conference has been spearheaded by Lord Ardilaun and influential British publication, The London Times, who strive to maintain unrest in Ireland. However, what was once a contentious issue seems to be gradually transitioning into the realm of practical politics. Various proposals on how to conduct the transfer of land ownership from the landlords to the occupiers have been formulated, and the majority of them seem to demonstrate that this can be done without the need for a state subvention, thus benefiting both parties involved.

Prominent figures in the ongoing debate have also issued various pamphlets discussing their views on the Land Question. Mr Davitt, a staunch proponent of fighting for land, has put forth a comprehensive document published by Messrs. Gill. Although often dismissed as a radical by his opponents, Mr Davitt’s pamphlet reveals a well-considered and statesman-like approach to the issue at hand. Mr T. W. Russell, another advocate of the tenants’ cause, critiques and comments on these proposals in another pamphlet.

One such proposal by Mr David Talbot, a land agent with extensive experience, illustrates a possible solution whereby the State would not lose any funds, landlords would receive their fair share of 24 years’ purchase, and tenants would obtain a 25% reduction. While this particular scheme is not without its flaws, it serves as an example that there are ways to achieve a fair resolution that can satisfy all parties involved.

In order to prevent any form of landlordism from re-emerging, it is suggested that discussions on matters like homestead law, as seen in France or planned in Ireland, be held. Measures against sub-letting or sub-division should also be considered.

With the recent successes in Limerick, it seems plausible that Lord Dunraven and his allies will succeed in organizing the proposed conference as a means for resolution. If their efforts in other counties prove to be equally effective, the establishment of such a conference, as suggested by Captain Shawe-Taylor, may be just around the corner.

Northamptonshire Evening Telegraph – Thursday 30 October 1902