As outlined in my reply to Question No. 158 of 18 April last, the individual referred to in the Deputy's Question has applied to sell his interest in land within a site designated as a special area of conservation, under the voluntary bog purchase scheme administered by my Department. Contracts for sale, the deposit and the outstanding balance of the purchase price were forwarded to the Chief State Solicitor’s Office.
I understand that the balance of the purchase monies will be released to the individual’s solicitor once the Chief State Solicitor’s Office receives all the relevant closing documents from this solicitor and is satisfied that all is in order for the sale to close. I have been advised that the Chief State Solicitor’s Office expects this to happen within the next week.