Monday, April 04, 2022

Aghalustia, Lissian, Cappagh and Rooskey are townlands south of Ballaghaderreen, bordering the River Lung. Today, these townlands are all part of County Roscommon. However, up until 1841 these townlands fell within the historic boundaries of County Mayo.

The legislation that allowed for this change of county boundaries is still in existence today – and a legal review programme is now advocating for the removal of this law from the Irish Statue Book.

Flag-carrying Rossies in the county don’t have to worry, however – a removal of this instrument from the statue book won’t result in these Roscommon townlands falling into Mayo hands.

Revoking this legislation merely makes the state’s statue book tidier – although it also might trigger an identity crisis for some with roots in the west of the county.

The Statute Law Revision Programme is primarily concerned with “identifying and removing obsolete and spent legislation which legally remains in force but is no longer needed”.

A proclamation made on April 28, 1841, gave power to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland to “annex certain townlands to the county of Roscommon”.

The reason for the change of boundary was fairly straightforward – the townlands in question were separated from County Mayo by the River Lung. It was also more efficient to include these townlands in County Roscommon for “valuation and survey purposes”.

A similar order was made in 1898, when the town of Ballaghaderreen was moved from County Mayo to County Roscommon.

Currently, the Statute Law Revision Programme is proposing to revoke this proclamation, along with over 3,000 other pieces of legislation made between 1821 and 1860.

The programme recently launched its public consultation on its recommendation to revoke the obsolete legislation. Any submissions, queries or feedback can be directed to [email protected], or to Statue Law Revision Programme, Law Reform Commission of Ireland, Styne House, Upper Hatch Street, Dublin 2.

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