Agreement on compulsory land purchase

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Galway East TD Paul Connaughton has welcomed the signing of a new agreement between the Department of Transport and the IFA in relation to landowners whose lands are compulsorily purchased for road developments.

‘The new partnership between Transport Infrastructure Ireland and the IFA will see a fixed payment of €3,000 per acre paid to landowners on all lands acquired for national road improvement works in accordance with the terms of the agreement.

‘Landowners in the Headford and Milltown areas have been incredibly frustrated by the delays experienced to date in relation to payment for land compulsorily purchased for work on the N84 at Luimnagh and the N17 at Milltown and I hope that today’s announcement will see those landowners receive their payments in a timely manner.

‘These important projects would not have been able to progress so quickly without the co-operation of local landowners and it is only fair that they receive prompt payment for the land purchased.

‘In recent months I organised a meeting in Headford between Minister Ring and local landowners so that he could hear at first hand the difficulties arising as a result of the non-payment of local landowners for the land compulsorily purchased for these projects.

‘It is crucial that landowners experience no further delay in terms of receiving their money and I will continue to liaise with local landowners and the Department of Transport and Transport Infrastructure Ireland to ensure that landowners in east Galway are among the first to benefit from this agreement.’