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In a recent development in Askeaton, a picturesque town in West Limerick, the local community is engaged in an ongoing effort to secure a more equitable distribution of land as part of the estate sale. The matter came to light as the community members, particularly those in Askeaton town, sought a fair share of the untenanted land up for sale.

The issue has sparked correspondence and discussions among stakeholders, including Mr Briscoe, who shared insights following an interview with Mr O’Shaughnessy, the Member of Parliament for West Limerick. Mr O’Shaughnessy pledged to collabourate with the tenants to facilitate the sale. Subsequently, Mr Briscoe corresponded with Mr Sheahan, the Honorary Secretary of the Askeaton Branch, advising on the best approach to gain the landlord’s consent for the sale of town holdings.

The Executive Committee, after careful consideration, emphasized the importance of Askeaton town tenants taking prompt action. They urged the community to follow Mr Briscoe’s advice by approaching the landlord, securing consent for the inclusion of town holdings, and mutually agreeing on a fair price for the properties and the untenanted land.

To further advance their cause, the Executive Committee proposed that a delegation from the Askeaton Branch meet with the Estates Commissioners. Their objective is to request the reservation of a portion of the land for community use, ensuring that the interests of local residents are safeguarded in the ongoing estate sale negotiations.

The Askeaton case highlights the complexities and challenges faced by communities seeking a just distribution of land resources. As the town grapples with these issues, the residents are navigating the delicate balance between securing their fair share and respecting the broader considerations of the estate sale.

Local sentiment appears to be one of cautious optimism, with community members hopeful that their collabourative efforts will lead to a resolution that benefits all stakeholders involved. The commitment of Mr O’Shaughnessy to support the tenants adds a positive dimension to the ongoing discussions, instilling confidence in the community’s ability to effectively advocate for their interests.

As the Askeaton community awaits further developments, the spotlight remains on the negotiations between the town tenants, the landlord, and the Estates Commissioners. The outcome of these discussions will undoubtedly shape the future landscape of land ownership in Askeaton, influencing the socio-economic dynamics of this historic town in West Limerick.

In a broader context, the Askeaton case serves as a microcosm of the challenges faced by communities across Ireland as they navigate the intricacies of land distribution, seeking a fair and sustainable future for all residents. The eyes of those invested in community welfare will remain on Askeaton as the town continues its journey towards a more equitable and inclusive landownership model.

Weekly Freeman’s Journal – Saturday 20 July 1912

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