Written Answers - Turbary Rights

Thursday, 13 October 2011

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 743 No. 3

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  118.  Deputy Frank Feighan  Information on Frank Feighan  Zoom on Frank Feighan   asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht  Information on Jimmy Deenihan  Zoom on Jimmy Deenihan   the [766]number of persons who have applied to sell their interests in the raised bog sites designated as special areas of conservation. [29358/11]

  119.  Deputy Frank Feighan  Information on Frank Feighan  Zoom on Frank Feighan   asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht  Information on Jimmy Deenihan  Zoom on Jimmy Deenihan   the number of persons who applied to sell their interests in the raised bog sites designated as special areas of conservation that have been paid to date. [29359/11]

  120.  Deputy Frank Feighan  Information on Frank Feighan  Zoom on Frank Feighan   asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht  Information on Jimmy Deenihan  Zoom on Jimmy Deenihan   the number of persons who have applied to sell their interests in the raised bogs sites designated as special areas of conservation that are still waiting to be paid. [29360/11]

  121.  Deputy Frank Feighan  Information on Frank Feighan  Zoom on Frank Feighan   asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht  Information on Jimmy Deenihan  Zoom on Jimmy Deenihan   the amount of money he has paid out to date to applicants selling their interests in the raised bog sites designated as special areas of conservation. [29361/11]

  122.  Deputy Frank Feighan  Information on Frank Feighan  Zoom on Frank Feighan   asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht  Information on Jimmy Deenihan  Zoom on Jimmy Deenihan   the average waiting time to be paid for persons who have applied to sell their interests in the raised bog sites designated as special areas of conservation. [29362/11]

  123.  Deputy Frank Feighan  Information on Frank Feighan  Zoom on Frank Feighan   asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht  Information on Jimmy Deenihan  Zoom on Jimmy Deenihan   the number of persons in County Roscommon that have applied to sell their interests in the raised bogs sites designated as special areas of conservation. [29363/11]

  124.  Deputy Frank Feighan  Information on Frank Feighan  Zoom on Frank Feighan   asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht  Information on Jimmy Deenihan  Zoom on Jimmy Deenihan   the number of persons in County Leitrim that have applied to sell their interests in the raised bog sites designated as special areas of conservation. [29364/11]

Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Jimmy Deenihan): Information on Jimmy Deenihan  Zoom on Jimmy Deenihan  I propose to take Questions Nos. 118 to 124, inclusive, together.

Over €26 million has been paid under the Voluntary Bog Purchase Scheme since it was launched in 1999. Details of applications relating to Special Areas of Conservation are set out in the table. In May 2010, the voluntary bog purchase scheme was closed to new applicants. Completion of applications on-hand has been slower than anticipated due to capacity constraints in undertaking the conveyancing work involved. The time it takes to process applications can also vary depending on the legal complexities involved.

It is acknowledged that some applicants have been waiting for several years for their sales to complete. My Department will be writing to all remaining applicants under the voluntary purchase scheme in the coming weeks to outline their options in light of recent policy decisions regarding the availability of alternative compensation arrangements.

Applications in Special Areas of Conservation under the Cessation of Turf Cutting Compensation Scheme
Total Applications Received Approx 1,700
Completed Transactions 1,047
Applications on hand 348
Applications with no response to Offer 88
Invalid applications 220
Total Roscommon 225
Total Leitrim* 0

* There are no Special Areas of Conservation (SACs) in Leitrim which come under the terms of this scheme.


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