Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Damage to Property Compensation Claims.

asked the Minister for Finance whether he will state if applicants for compensation under the Damage to Property (Compensation) (Amendment) Act, 1933, who had through lack of knowledge on their part, or for other good reasons, failed to have their applications lodged in time, may now be granted permission to bring their cases forward; and, if so, if he will see that such permission gets ample publication so as to avoid further disappointment.

I would refer the Deputy to the statement I made in the House in reply to a question addressed to me on the 18th ultimo. I then indicated that the grant of extensions of time for lodging claims under the Damage to Property (Compensation) (Amendment) Act, 1933, was a matter entirely within the discretion of the Circuit Judge, but that the State Solicitors would be instructed to offer strenuous opposition to any extension of time where the claim is not lodged on or before the 30th September, 1935. That statement received widespread publicity over the radio and was also reported in the Dublin and provincial press. I am, moreover, taking such steps as are open to me to ensure that the matter receives further publicity.