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19 December 2019 No Comments by The Northern Standard

GROUND RENTS LAW CHANGED AFTER CAMPAIGN BY BUSINESSES DOCUMENTARY MAKER PRAISED FOR HIS WORK

Michael Fisher

Monaghan made its mark at Leinster House last Thursday when three local Oireachtas members from Fine Gael, Fianna Fáil and Sinn Féin joined to pass legislation that will help resolve a problem over historic ground rents for some businesses in Carrickmacross and other parts of the country.

Fianna Fáil Senator Robbie Gallagher said the passing of his Private Member’s Bill, entitled the Landlord and Tenant (Ground Rents) (Amendment) Bill 2017, will resolve a long-standing tenancy irregularity on the west side of the Main Street in Carrickmacross and similar incidences nationwide.

Over many years those businesses with leases from JES Holdings Ltd have been paying ground rents to a semi-absentee English landlord (the Shirley estate), whose relative, the Earl of Essex, was given the land by Queen Elizabeth I in 1576. Three years ago, Pat Byrne and myself (then based with The Northern Standard in Carrickmacross) started making a video documentary about a ground rent battle by local supermarket owner Gus O’Gorman.

Mr O’Gorman’s challenge against JES Holdings Ltd (registered in the Isle of Man) began 21 years ago and eventually succeeded, although he had to wait until the landlord…

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