Wednesday, 20 January 2021

Questions (192)

Catherine Connolly

Question:

192. Deputy Catherine Connolly asked the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage the status of the plans to merge the Valuation Office, Ordnance Survey Ireland and the Property Registration Authority into a single entity to be known as Tailte Éireann; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [2191/21]

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Written answers (Question to Housing)

On 1 January 2018, Ministerial Orders (SI 573 of 2017, SI 574 of 2017 and SI 575 of 2017) transferred responsibility for the Valuation Office, the Property Registration Authority and Ordnance Survey Ireland to my Department. These three organisations have been preparing for a merger that will provide the opportunity and scope to lead, develop and maintain national spatial information infrastructures, support better national land management and contribute to ongoing national economic and social development.

In December 2020, Government approved the publication of the General Scheme for the establishment of Tailte Éireann and the drafting of the Tailte Éireann Bill 2020. In accordance with Dáil Standing Order 146A, I have arranged for the referral of the General Scheme to the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Housing, Local Government and Heritage for pre-legislative consideration.