Ó Snodaigh tables Bill to assist local authorities resolve neighbourhood disputes involving overhanging trees and bushes
Speaking today after tabling the Neighbour Disputes (Vegetation) Bill 2017, the purpose of which is to assist neighbours resolve disputes that arise when overhanging trees and bushes encroach on people’s properties in residential areas, Sinn Féin TD Aengus Ó Snodaigh said:
“At present, there is no legislation on the statue books that can help resolve disputes when trees and bushes encroach on someone’s property.
“Today, I tabled a Bill at First Stage in the Dáil to address this anomaly and put in place a framework to assist local authorities mediate when they are called upon to resolve a dispute.
“Whilst this might seem a trivial matter, it can be the cause of serious difficulties between neighbours. I know that in cases I have personally dealt with in my role as a Teachtaí Dála, if trees and foliage are not maintained properly, they can impinge on a person’s home causing loss of light and structural damage.
“If a dispute is not resolved quickly, it can become a constant irritation that can quickly escalate into something more serious. This is why we need a clearly defined procedure to assist local authorities mediate and resolve such disputes before they deteriorate to a point were criminal damage occurs and court proceedings are necessary.
“I hope to have the opportunity have this Bill debated at Second Stage in the Autumn and that the government will support its passage.”