A bill that would abolish ground rents in Carrickmacross has moved to second reading in the Oireachtas.
Many businesses in Carrickmacross must pay annual ground rents to the Shirley Estate because they own their building but not the ground underneath. They are then liable to pay rent on that ground.
The bill was brought before the Seanad by local Senator Robbie Gallagher last year. Cabinet approved the bill last year but Minister Heather Humphreys told the Dáil this week that a number of amendments must be tabled to address legal and constitutional issues: