Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Questions (161)

Heather Humphreys


161. Deputy Heather Humphreys asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government the progress made to tackle the issue of overgrown hedges and trees in privately-owned gardens; if he will consider enacting legislation similar to the High Hedges Act 2011 in Northern Ireland; his views in terms of a legal remedy to the problem; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [45287/13]

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Written answers (Question to Environment)

There is no legislation in this jurisdiction regulating the height of trees and hedges in privately owned gardens and I do not currently propose to introduce legislation on this matter. My Department understands that there is a civil remedy of nuisance available in respect of the branches or roots of a neighbour's trees encroaching on one's property. I have recently been in correspondence with the Joint sub-Committee on Public Petitions and will give consideration to their recommendations on this matter.