Minister Finneran officially opens the new decentralised office of the Property Registration Authority in Roscommon
On behalf of the Minister for Justice, Mr. Brendan Smith, Mr. Michael Finneran, Minister for Housing & Local Services at the Department of Environment, Heritage and Local Government today officially opened the new decentralised office of the Property Registration Authority (PRA) in Golf Links Road, Roscommon.
Speaking at the opening Minister Finneran noted that “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”.
The Minister continued “Computerisation of the Register has also paved the way for further developments in the areas of electronic registration and electronic conveyancing in line with the Government’s e-government strategy and will support the further integration of property related services in future years.”
The Property Registration Authority (PRA) is the State organisation with responsibility for the registration of property in Ireland. One of the main functions of the PRA is to manage the offices of the Land Registry and to promote and extend the registration of ownership of land in the country. By international comparison, Ireland has a very extensive and well developed system of land registration and the PRA processes well over 2 million requests for information or other services each year.
This is the second time that the PRA has been involved in a major decentralisation programme. In 1997, a decentralised Land Registry office opened at Cork Road in Waterford. This has proved to be a very successful project both for the PRA and the local community and the PRA is confident that the decentralisation to Roscommon will be equally successful.
Published 18 February 2011