Tuesday, 21 May 2019

Questions (210)

Thomas Byrne

Question:

210. Deputy Thomas Byrne asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the position regarding the ownership of lands at a location (details supplied) which may have been vested in him. [21555/19]

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Written answers (Question to Public)

Under Section 28(2) of the State Property Act, 1954, land vested in or held in trust for a body corporate immediately prior to its dissolution, (other than land held by such body in trust for another person) becomes property of the State in the person of the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform.  The interest acquired by the Minister is described as a defeasible interest as it may be defeated by restoration of the company up to 20 years after dissolution.

I am informed that there is some land at the location identified that may have been held by a dissolved company at the time of its dissolution. Further investigation is required to confirm if the Minister holds an interest in land in the area.

The Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform has the discretion, under Section 31 of the State Property Act 1954, to waive his interest in property that has devolved to the State under Section 28, if he believes it is proper to do so having regard to all the circumstances of the case.

If it is confirmed that the Minister holds an interest in land at the specified location an application from a suitable party, requesting that the Minister waive his interest to them could be considered.