Written Answers - Heritage Sites.

Thursday, 15 December 2005

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 612 No. 70

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  466.  Mr. J. O’Keeffe  Information on Jim O'Keeffe  Zoom on Jim O'Keeffe   asked the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government  Information on Dick Roche  Zoom on Dick Roche   if all outstanding issues in relation to the ownership of the Lusitania and the issue of licences under the National Monuments (Amendment) Act 1987 have been cleared up; and if he will provide an estimate of the legal costs paid or payable by the State in connection with this matter. [40140/05]

Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government (Mr. Roche): Information on Dick Roche  Zoom on Dick Roche  My Department has not contested the ownership of the Lusitania. Having considered the High Court judgment in relation to the judicial review sought by the owner of the Lusitania of the Minister’s decision to refuse a licence under section 3(5) of the National Monuments (Amendment) Act 1987 and following legal advice, an appeal to the Supreme Court has been lodged. Legal costs in respect of this action have not yet been determined.


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