Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Finneran: ‘Complete decentralisation plan’

Pauline Scott

Outgoing Minister Michael Finneran appealed to the incoming government to ensure that the full complement of staff in the Property Registration Authority is located in Roscommon. He was speaking as he performed the official opening of the new Property Registration Authority building at Golf Links Road, Roscommon, which took place at 5 pm on Wednesday evening last, February 16th.

“All I can say is that we have at this stage over 80 people working here. I would say to the incoming Government that they should honour the pledge of the outgoing Government that the full complement of 230 staff will be allowed to relocate to this building. That is what I would ask whichever party or combination of parties that form the next Government.” Wednesday evening’s official opening was attended by staff and management of the Property Registration Authority, members of the local legal profession, as well as business representatives from Roscommon. Local politicians were also to the fore, including many of the candidates in next Friday’s general election.

Guests were welcomed to the opening by John Sullivan of the Property Registration Authority. He went on to outline the functions of the PRA and recent developments, including the digitisation of 30,000 A0 maps, with the originals now being stored in the Roscommon building. The new PRA building project in Roscommon was overseen by the Office of Public Works, and Mr. Sullivan noted that it enjoys the highest possible energy rating.

Speaking at the opening, Minister Finneran said, “Recent years have seen major progress in the modernisation of the Property Registration Authority, which has enabled significant increases in productivity and efficiency. The successful transition from paper to a fully electronic national register of property ownership has enabled the PRA to offer its customers Ireland’s first comprehensive online national database of land related information with 2.5 million land parcels represented by approximately 15,000,000 boundaries being available for inspection online”. 

Minister Finneran went on to pay tribute to the many people involved in the decentralisation process, including PRA staff and management, including staff members who have since retired, but who were present for the official opening, building contractors, and members and management of Roscommon County Council.