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Dáil Éireann debate -
Tuesday, 13 May 1969

Vol. 240 No. 7

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Moy Drainage.

37.

asked the Minister for Finance the policy in relation to (a) replacing fences interfered with during drainage operations on the River Moy, (b) fencing off heaps of spoil deposited on river banks and (c) compensation for cattle that slip down unfenced river banks and are killed or drowned.

38.

asked the Minister for Finance the policy of the Office of Public Works in respect of compensation to farmers on whose land spoil has been dumped during drainage work on the River Moy; if he is aware that some small farmers with long narrow strips of land bordering the river have the best part of their land rendered useless; and if he will pay higher compensation in such cases.

I propose with your permission, a Cheann Comhairle, to take Questions Nos. 37 and 38 together. If an existing fence is removed in the course of drainage works it is replaced when the works are finished. If there was no fence before the works started and if after the works a landowner claims a fence is needed to safeguard stock or prevent trespass he is advised to erect a fence and the Commissioners of Public Works refund the cost. It is not the practice to fence spoil heaps.

If any person feels that he has suffered loss or damage as a result of works it is open to him to claim compensation in accordance with the provisions of the Arterial Drainage Act, 1945. In the assessment of compensation regard must be had to the benefit brought by the drainage works to the property of the claimant. Compensation claims may be determined by arbitration in default of agreement.

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