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Saturday 3 June 2023 Dublin: 18°C

# Land

This year
# rental income
Seven TDs officially declared themselves as landlords for the first time in 2022
25 TDs derived an income from being a landlord last year.
Last year
# Housing Crisis
Councils that can deliver rapid-build houses on sites will have land debt paid off
Local authorities are currently carrying around €309 million of land legacy debt.
# listen to the land speak
Manchán Magan: 'For a long time, we had this sense that we were just going to exploit the land'
Magan explains why he turned to the myths and lore of Ireland for his new book.
# factfind
FactFind: How many current TDs own houses that they rent out?
Some TDs who had residential tenants let did not declare the rental income
There are 160 TDs in the Dáil - but it isn't entirely straightforward to find out which of them also derive an income from renting houses.
An analysis by The Journal sought to find out, using the Dáil register of interests and by contacting individual TDs.
All time
# Land
House of Cards' Robin Wright on how grief and loss informed her latest film
Wright directed the feature, Land, which is in cinemas on Monday.
# Israel
Dáil passes motion condemning Israel’s de facto annexation of Palestinian land
A People Before Profit amendment to Sinn Fein’s motion was defeated.
# Housing
Plans to rezone industrial lands in Dublin to allow for housing revealed
A Dublin City Council month meeting last night was informed of potential “new growth areas” within the M50.
# Limerick
Farmer (74) sentenced after shooting another farmer and his dog over land feud
Ted O’Donoghue shot and injured John Hayes (66) on 16 June 2017, at lands at Ballycasey, Kildimo, Co Limerick.
# Isle of Ulva
Residents of Scottish island raise €5.1 million to buy out aristocrat landlord
They delayed the sale under a new Scottish law, allowing them to raise the money through public funds and private donations.
# West Dublin
86 burnt-out cars removed from site of planned new suburb ahead of project launch
A large-scale housing development could put an end to the site being used for anti-social behaviour.
# Adverse possession
How does a person end up owning land that belonged to Dublin City Council?
Cases of adverse possession are quite common in Ireland.
# Limerick
Farmer shot and injured in suspected dispute over land
A man has been arrested following the incident.
# Marino
Dublin woman now owns a quarter acre back garden due to council oversight
The woman’s grandfather had previously paid rent on and kept the land.
# bad investment
Two men arrested over €5 million land and forestry fraud
Gardaí said a significant amount of money held in Irish banks has been frozen.
# native community
Mark Zuckerberg drops controversial lawsuits seeking to buy Hawaiian land
The Facebook CEO and his wife Priscilla Chan said they were ending the cases “to find a better path forward”.
# crá sa chré
Dartmouth Square dispute features in finale of land documentary
“The Irish lose any sense they have when it comes to land,” is one of the many theories offered.
# Regeneration
Locals hopeful Ballymun site will sell and rejuvenate town
The land is beside the old Ballymun shopping centre.
# Capital Gains Tax
'People are holding onto land with no intention of developing it and just hoping for the best'
The Small Firms Association wants the government to bring in a scheme to encourage landowners to sell up.
# resolution
Good news for turf cutters: New laws will allow them to work on protected bogs
Rural Affairs Minister Heather Humphreys published legislation during the week to de-designate 46 National Heritage Areas (NHAs) in Ireland.
# Des Res
This Hollywood star's incredibly scenic former Cork retreat is up for grabs
Maureen O’Hara was very happy here (and there’s room to land a seaplane).
Opinion: As a former Israeli soldier, I had to speak out about the injustices I participated in
After serving as an IDF combat soldier and commander, Yehuda Sahul questioned the morality of the military action in the West Bank.
# up for grabs
NAMA to sell major site next to half-built former Anglo headquarters
It is envisaged that the completed development will be similar in size to the commercial footprint of the Spencer Dock development.
# For Sale
Average value of Irish farm land drops €500 an acre
The latest report shows that land prices may be going down but demand is growing.
# Animal Welfare
Dublin council bans animal-act circuses on public land
The move came after students set up a petition calling for an end to animal-act circuses.
# Under the Hammer
Gardaí called to auction sit-in protest in Maynooth
Organisers called on the REA Coonan estate agent to sign an agreement that no properties that are in legal dispute should be sold.
# Palestine
Israeli settlements in Palestine 'single biggest obstruction to peace'
Following a visit to Palestine, Irish MEP Emer Costello said the rapid expansion of these settlements was resulting in “the death of so many communities”.
# John Gilligan
Gilligan's Kildare estate up for sale - and could fetch €500k
The convicted criminal is currently serving a 20-year jail sentence.
# Your Say
Poll: Should landowners be forced to provide access to their lands?
The Dáil will debate the issue today. What is your view?
# Fire Warning
Minister warns of risk of more land and forest fires
High to extreme risk conditions for fire will persist until the coming weekend at least, according to Met Éireann’s fire weather index.
Column: This property tax is callous and a breach in democratic norms
The Government has no democratic mandate from the electorate for a property tax. In fact, they were elected on the very opposite of commitments, writes Kieran Allen.
Column: Having the Revenue assess the value of your home is a totally unsuitable idea
There has been immense confusion over the valuation of homes for the property tax, which is why a site value tax would have been better, writes James Pike.
# in the bin
Why half of the world's food goes to waste
Mechanical Engineers Institute explains wastage occurs both at farmer-producer end of food chain and consumer level.
# Lowry
Committee finds Lowry breached ethics laws in not declaring shareholding in companies
However the committee said the breach was unintentional and that Lowry acted it “in good faith”.
# Michael Lowry
Public ethics watchdog to investigate Lowry’s failure to declare land
SIPO will be asked to investigate whether Michael Lowry breached ethics laws by not declaring his interests in land in Wigan.
# Michael Lowry
Nearly 300 complaints against Lowry left in limbo as legal advice sought
The number of complaints made against the TD had totalled just 83 last Wednesday.
# Michael Lowry
Lowry declares land of "negligible value" after 83 complaints
His change of mind came a week after he had declared the land as having no value.
# Michael Lowry
Lowry responds to claims he failed to declare UK land interest
Lowry said the land is worthless, but if it increases in value in coming years he will declare it.
# Teresa Treacy
Documentary sheds light on Teresa Treacy's fight for her trees
The Co Offaly landowner is still fighting to stop her trees from being cut down so that an overground power line can be put in place.
# Hunger
Hunger remains 'major' global threat to world’s poorest and most vulnerable
The newest Global Hunger Index shows the unsustainable use of land, water, and energy are the biggest factors affecting the food security of the most vulnerable people around the world.
# China
Chinese landowners setting themselves on fire over forced evictions
Ordinary Chinese are turning to desperate forms of protests as local governments continue to seize land to sell the usage rights to property developers.