Minister McDowell announces membership of the new Property Registration Authority

The Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform, Mr Michael McDowell, T.D., today announced the membership of the Property Registration Authority which is being established under the Registration of Deeds and Title Act 2006.

The main functions of the new Authority will be to manage and control the Registry of Deeds and the Land Registry and to promote and extend the registration of ownership of land. 

The Minister said, "The new Authority will build on the modernisation programme that is already under way within the Registries.  It will also play a dynamic and forceful role in promoting registration of ownership of land with a view to facilitating the introduction of electronic conveyancing."

The establishment of the Authority will have a number of positive benefits.  In particular, the new body will:

  • Facilitate stakeholder involvement in the strategic management and modernisation of registry services;
  • Provide channels of information and feedback from the conveyancing and property sectors leading in turn to increased responsiveness to stakeholder and customer needs and ensuring quality customer service;
  • Put commercial and business expertise at the disposal of the new Authority in order to ensure cost-effectiveness in the provision of registration services;
  • Facilitate staff representation in order to promote continued staff involvement in the management of change within the new body; and
  • Increase the visibility and profile of the property registration services.

 

The members of the Property Registration Authority are:

 

Chairperson

Mr. Gerry McCaughey, Chief Executive, Kingspan Century;

 

Members

Ms. Una Woods, BCL, LLM, Law Faculty, College of Humanities, University of Limerick;

Mr. John Shaw, Practising solicitor nominated by the Law Society;

Ms. Emer Daly, former Director of Strategic Planning and Risk Management, AXA Ireland;

Ms. Maura Whelan, S.C., Practising barrister nominated by the Bar Council;

Mr. Sean McClafferty;

Mr. Seamus Carroll, Principal Officer, Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform;

Ms. Brid Carter, Director, Local Government Computer Services Board;

Mr. Michael Kelly, Securities Policy and Training Manager, Allied Irish Bank;

Mr. Michael Cahill;

The staff representative will be elected by the staff of the Authority in due course.

It is intended that the Authority will have its first meeting in early September and will be formally established by way of an Establishment Order later this year.


22 August 2006