I move amendment No. 16:
In page 13, subsection (2), line 27, after "boundary" to insert "or to bring it into conformity with any description referred to in paragraph (a)".
This amendment will allow the Commissioner of Valuation, in preparing the maps of the new counties, to remedy any discrepancy between a boundary as previously shown on any official map and a written description given in any previous enactment. There is such a discrepancy between the boundaries described in Part 3 of the First Schedule to the Local Government Reorganisation Act, 1985, and the official map prepared under the Act.
Dublin Corporation has drawn attention to the discrepancy between the city and county boundary of Ashtown as shown on the official maps prepared under the 1985 Act and the written description in that Act. The map showed the boundary as being from the Dublin/Galway railway line to the Navan Road running along Mill Lane while the written description has the boundary going parallel to Ashtown Road. However, in cases of conflict the official map takes precedence by law.
Both city and county authorities have operated on the basis of the written description — for example, the boundary running along Ashtown Road. The effect of this amendment is to allow the Commissioner of Valuation to recognise what both authorities have taken to be the case and revise the boundary accordingly when preparing the official map of Fingal to coincide with the original written description along the Ashtown Road set out in the 1985 Act. We are providing for what has been the accepted position up to now to be the absolute legal position in the future.