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Dáil Éireann debate -
Wednesday, 6 Oct 1937

Vol. 69 No. 2

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Leasehold and Ground Rents.

asked the Minister for Justice if he has been approached on behalf of the National Leaseholders' Association with reference to the grievances arising out of leasehold and ground rents, and if he intends to set up an inquiry into these grievances with a view to their subsequent redress by legislation.

I would refer the Deputy to the reply given by me on the 4th May last to a question upon the same subject asked by Deputy Anthony.

On that occasion the Minister dealt with the findings of the tribunal that is inquiring into the question of town tenants; but is not the Minister aware that the present tribunal does not deal with the question of leasehold and ground rents at all? Is the Minister aware that 94 Deputies of this House, irrespective of Party, have given their views in favour of the Leaseholders' Association and in support of the setting up of such an inquiry into the grievances of the leaseholders? In face of such a majority decision of this House will the Minister advise the President to receive a deputation on this matter?

As I stated, what was referred to the tribunal that has been set up was the question of occupational tenancies. The commission has been inquiring into this matter, and until they have presented their report my Department is not prepared to set up any other tribunal dealing with town tenants.

The Minister did not say whether he would advise the President to receive a deputation on this matter.