Council considers disposal of Dungloe land
Members of the Glenties Electoral Area Committee of Donegal County Council have learned that part of the Bridge Inn, Dungloe is built on council-owned lands. Eoin Kerrane, of DCC Water, Environment and Emergency Services presented a report on the issue to the January meeting, which was held on Tuesday at Dungloe Public Services Centre. He said the council had received ‘repeated correspondence' from solicitor Sean Boner on behalf of his client, Mr Pat Gallagher (Nora), owner of The Bridge Inn. Mr Gallagher was seeking to resolve a boundary issue which was "affecting the sale of his property".
Council solicitors VP McMullin advised that it was possible for someone to claim adverse possession if the registered owner had been excluded, ie by the erection of walls, for at least twelve years. He continued: "It appears that land has been walled off at least since 1997." Chairman David Alcorn noted that the extension, which houses toilets, had been built ‘about 30 years ago'. The councillors agreed in principal to allow a Deed of Rectification be drawn up transferring the title to Pat Gallagher (Nora), owner of the Bridge Inn. Council officials advised members that the proposal to dispose of lands under Section 183 of the Local Government Act would have to be approved by a full meeting of the council in Lifford.