709. Deputy Marc Ó Cathasaigh asked the Minister for Justice the timeframe for the passing of the Bill to amend the provisions in the Land and Conveyancing Law Reform Act 2009 in relation to rights of way; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [53100/21]


Minister for Justice (Deputy Helen McEntee): My colleague, Minister Humphreys, secured Government agreement on 21 September for priority drafting of the Land and Conveyancing Law Reform (Amendment) Bill, which will amend the Land and Conveyancing Law Reform Act 2009 regarding prescriptive rights of way.
My officials have been engaging extensively with stakeholders and the Office of the Attorney General to frame the necessary amendments. Drafting on the Bill is almost complete, and I hope to publish it later this week.
I intend then to seek its urgent progression through the Houses of the Oireachtas, so that it can be enacted before a statutory deadline under the 2009 Act is due to take effect on 30 November 2021. I hope that the Bill will enjoy cross-party support, given the importance of the changes it proposes, both for landowners and owners of prescriptive rights of way.