Ceisteanna-Questions. Oral Answers. - County Galway Estate.

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asked the Minister for Lands the steps, if any, that are being taken by the Land Commission to obtain possession of the Glynn estate, Abbey View, Kilconnell, County Galway.

The Land Commission have been endeavouring to obtain possession of the property referred to but so far their efforts have been unsuccessful. They are at present considering what steps can now be taken to ensure that there is no further delay in finalising the matter.

Twelve months ago the Minister told us that the Land Commission were considering taking this case to the High Court in an effort to gain compulsory possession of the estate. Now we are told that the matter is still under consideration.

The Land Commission have been trying to get the owners' solicitors to agree on a date for the taking of possession. A further note on my file says that in view of the owners' delay in handing over possesssion to the Land Commission, they have now decided to fix Friday, 20th September, 1974 as the appointed date. On this date lands will vest in the Land Commission and the land bonds representing the purchase money will be placed to the credit of the estate. If clear possession is not handed over on the appointed day, the Land Commission will apply to the judicial Commissioner for an order for possession under section 19 of the Land Act, 1927.

That has been done on two occasions in the past twelve months.

The Deputy must ask a question.

Is the Minister aware that on two occasions in the past twelve months dates have been set and nothing happened? No application was made to have——

The Deputy is arguing rather than asking a question.

It appears that they are now on the final course.