Thursday, 22 September 2022
Tailte Éireann Bill 2022: Second Stage
Ruairi Ó Murchú (Louth, Sinn Fein)
I commiserate with the family of Calvin Curley Gray from Dundalk who had an unfortunate accident, as sometimes happens to kids, on 4 September. On Monday morning, we discovered that this 11-year-old, who had a really great smile and who was full of life, had lost his long fight. It has obviously been an incredibly difficult period for the family. If people have been online, they will have seen the salutations and all that has been said by the likes of Clan na Gael and Shamrocks Football Club, with which young Calvin played. Not only are my thoughts with the family but I would also like to commend them. In what was an incredibly difficult time, they took the very brave decision to donate organs. Other families are now looking at a very bright future as a result of the bravery of this family. My thoughts are with them. They are going through a really difficult time. Calvin's funeral will be tomorrow and I assume a great number of people will be out in Dundalk in support of his family.
Deputy Ó Broin put this very well when he stated that this was not going to be the most contentious of Bills. There will be no sparks such as those we have seen at certain other times, even over the last week. We will not find a great number of people who have major difficulties with the Valuation Office, the Property Registration Authority and Ordnance Survey Ireland being brought together to manage a comprehensive set of property and spatial data by combining all three into Tailte Éireann. We all understand the absolute necessity with regard to information and data and ensuring that we have the correct amount of data and appropriate databases and systems to deal with some of the issues we face. Deputies Ó Broin and Gould dealt with issues related to dealing with boundary disputes. We have all dealt with issues of this kind that have subsequently ended up in the courts. It would definitely be far more beneficial for all involved if we had some sort of system to remedy this in a much simpler manner. There are nearly no Deputies in this Dáil who have not spoken about the issue of vacant properties and dereliction. If, in dealing with this, there is an opportunity to remedy the problems we have regarding information in that sphere, we should take that opportunity.