Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Estate Caretakers.

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asked the Minister for Lands if compensation is paid by the Land Commission to caretakers of estates acquired for the purpose of sub-division and particularly to those who have spent the greater part of their lives there and who have become redundant as a result of the acquisition.

Section 29 of the Land Act, 1950, provides that where a person has been displaced from employment on land by reason of the acquisition or purchase of that land, the Land Commission may, at their discretion, pay him such gratuity as they consider reasonable. In assessing the eligibility of an ex-employee for a gratuity the Land Commission have regard to such factors as length of service, personal and family circumstances and the availability or otherwise of alternative employment.

Up to 31st March, 1972, gratuities amounting in all to £137,593 had been paid to 674 persons thus displaced from their employment. The provisions of the Redundancy Payment Acts would also apply to these employees.