Written Answers - Turbary Rights

Wednesday, 11 January 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 751 No. 1

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  719.  Deputy Pearse Doherty  Information on Pearse Doherty  Zoom on Pearse Doherty   asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine  Information on Simon Coveney  Zoom on Simon Coveney   the conditions that existed in the Q3 agreement entered in respect of a folio (details supplied) that was sold by the Land Commission to a person in County Donegal in 1942; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [41283/11]

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Simon Coveney): Information on Simon Coveney  Zoom on Simon Coveney  The Folio number supplied appears to have been opened in the Land Registry in 1954 and there have been two changes of ownership since that date and two areas transferred to other folios.

A person with the same name and address as the original owner of the Folio signed a Q3 turbary right only, Purchase Agreement with the former Land Commission over a plot of bog in a different townland in 1942. The ownership on the Q3 agreement has not been changed over the years.

These Q3 agreements have standard conditions relating to the manner in which the turf is to be extracted that drainage trenches from adjacent plots shall not be obstructed and not less than nine inches of turf or bog mould shall be left over the subsoil for its subsequent reclamation and that the bog shall not be cut below a level in relation to the water course into which its waters drain, which would prevent the efficient drainage and cultivation of the cut-away bog.

A copy of the Q3 turbary agreement is available to the titleholder or his successor in title from the Records Branch of my Department in Clonminam Industrial Estate, Portlaoise on payment of the prescribed fee.


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