Thursday, 26 May 2005
Dáil Eireann Debate
121. Mr. Connaughton asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform when an application for registration was received by the Land Registry Office; the contact that the Land Registry Office had with the solicitors concerned; the lodgements made on 18 April 2005; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [17687/05]
Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform (Mr. McDowell): I am informed by the Registrar of Titles that this is an application under section 49 — that is, acquisition of title by virtue of long possession — of the Registration of Titles Act 1964 which was lodged on 26 April 2002. Dealing number D2002GY003490D refers.
I understand that due to their complicated nature, applications under section 49, which require detailed examination of claims for registration as owners, can take some time to process. I am further informed that queries were issued to the lodging solicitors on 13 May 2003, 6 January 2004, 18 February 2004, 10 January 2005 and 5 May 2005. While responses have been received from the lodging solicitor, the Land Registry is not satisfied that the registration requirements have been met. I am also informed that there were no lodgements made to the Land Registry in respect of this application on 18 April 2005.
Until the queries raised have been satisfactorily resolved, the application cannot proceed. However, I assure the Deputy that, on receipt of a satisfactory reply, the matter will receive further attention in the Land Registry.
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