Dáil Éireann - Volume 527 - 05 December, 2000
Written Answers. - Compulsory Purchase Orders.
Mr. Penrose Mr. Penrose
269. Mr. Penrose asked the Minister for the Environment and Local Government when he will amend the provisions of the compulsory purchase legislation, which deals with the payment of compensation to landholders who had land compulsorily acquired to facilitate motorways and roadways; if his attention has been drawn to the fact the current compensation system in all its components is totally inadequate to compensate these farmers in a proper fashion; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28172/00]
Mr. Molloy Mr. Molloy
Minister of State at the Department of the Environment and Local Government (Mr. Molloy): The compensation code for compulsory purchase of land, including land required for road development, provides for the payment of com pensation by local authorities for lands acquired by them on the authorisation of a duly confirmed CPO. The amount of compensation payable is a matter for negotiation between the landowner and the local authority concerned or, in the event of a dispute, for arbitration. The basic rule applied by the property arbitrator under the relevant legislation is the market value of the land. There is also provision for compensation for disturbance, severance and “injurious” affection.
I accept that in principle it is desirable for statutory procedures, including land acquisition, to be completed as quickly as possible. In this regard, the Planning and Development Act, 2000, tightens the time limits for dealing with CPOs which should lead to earlier completion of procedures in this area. I am also aware that issues regarding acquisition of agricultural land for major road and motorway construction have been raised by the Irish Farmers Association with the NRA and that dialogue between these parties is continuing.
Dáil Éireann 527 Written Answers. Compulsory Purchase Orders.