A new state agency - Tailte Éireann - has been officially launched as a result of the merger of the Property Registration Authority, the Valuation Office, and Ordnance Survey Ireland.
Functions currently carried out by the Property Registration Authority, the Commissioner of Valuation, the Boundary Surveyor, and Ordnance Survey Ireland, will now be performed by Tailte Éireann.
A statement reads: "Tailte Éireann will provide a comprehensive and secure property title registration system, a professional State valuation service and an authoritative national mapping and surveying infrastructure. As an integrated land and property service, Tailte Eireann will help to support the planning process and professionals; one central body for information and data to assist planning and land information.
"Tailte Éireann is headed by a Chief Executive and has a statutory board appointed by the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage. A key objective of Tailte Éireann is to maximise the benefits of integrated land and property services in Ireland and to facilitate access to and use of location and property information by citizens, businesses and policy makers, including title information, valuation data, maps and aerial imagery.
"The new organisation is staffed by civil servants, and employs approximately 900 full-time equivalents, comprising professional, technical and administrative staff members."
Speaking at the launch event, the Minister of State with responsibility for Local Government and Planning, Kieran O’Donnell said: "The new agency is the primary national source of property information and geospatial data and will be a leader in developing and delivering land information services. These functions are essential for underpinning the state's economy in many areas, including property, planning, agriculture, local government, the environment, and construction.”
Liz Pope, Interim Chief Executive of Tailte Éireann, said: “We look forward to working collaboratively with all our stakeholders in developing integrated land and property services in Ireland.”
For further information see www.tailte.ie