"Gerald Finnerty & Marjorie Dolan (New Inn, County Galway.)"
"Gerard J Madden (Senior Psychiatric Social Worker)"
Dear Margie and Gerald,
I saw Gerry Madden
yesterday, and he told me that you have both been to see John Glynn (Barrister
at Hogan & Co).
My understanding is that you have now been told
that Gerald or myself (or both of us maybe) would become liable for two lots of
taxes - which added together would be in the region of EUROS 250,000 - if Gerald
was to sign the Lisnamult site over to me.
information is correct, and I don't know if it is or not, it seems to completely
rule out the possibility of Gerald signing over the land to
This being the case, and all things considered, it is now my
belief that we should request a "pre-planning meeting" with Ms Tracey Davis at
Roscommon County Council - which we are entitled to do under Section 247 of the
Planning & Development Act 2000, and as can be seen at http://www.irishstatutebook.ie/ZZA30Y2000S247.html .
As Ms Breeda Burke has pointed out in
her e-mail to me dated May 30th 2005, which can be seen at http://www.lisnamult.com/3June2005Email.htm , a formal request for such a meeting needs to be
made to Tracey Davis - which requires to be accompanied by a "site location map"
(which I have).
Provided you and Gerald are willing to go along
with this, I will write to Tracey Davis formally requesting a meeting - which I
believe the three of us should attend.
Gerry Madden has told me he
would be willing to accompany me to the meeting - so that if there is any
attempt made by the guards (Republic of Ireland police) to arrest me, and to force me to appear before the
courts, he will be there to speak up for me regarding my general overall health
I further believe that once this meeting is over -
assuming it ever happens- that I should put the results (of the meeting) on the
Internet, using the http://www.lisnamult.com/
web site I have set up - together with maps of the land, and all other helpful
information I can find - so that I can start contacting the larger construction
companies, to inform them by e-mail that the land will be put up for sale on
such-and-such a date by public auction.
I do realise that
this would mean the EUROS 1,000 monthly payments you are now paying into my
account would have to go on for longer than I expected; and, if this should
prove to be a strain, the thought has crossed my mind that Gerald might be able
to raise a relatively small loan from the Bank of Ireland against the Lisnamult
land (for a short period of time), and which could be fully paid back from the
proceeds of the sale, directly the land is sold.
As far as I
can remember, the Tax Inspector I spoke with in Athlone (around August 2004)
told me it would be important that they know BEFOREHAND that Gerald intends to
give away two-thirds of the money he gets for the land. Otherwise, I
suspect that Gerald may end up paying much more tax than he needs to. This
is something that you and Gerald might need to talk about directly to the Tax
Inspector yourselves? - having due regard for the fact that Mr Nolan (solicitor
at Hogan & Co) apparently wants to pretend that I don't exist.
Ideally, I believe you would need to make an appointment to see a Tax Inspector
at one of the larger Tax Offices - such as Galway or Athlone. It is
possible that there is a large tax office in Roscommon as well - but I don't
know where it is.
Also, and as you may already know, An Bord
Pleanala recently rejected the plans (involving a big hotel and dozens of
holiday homes) in Boyle. As Roscommon Town (the "County Town") does not have anything in the
way of a large modern hotel, I have often thought the Lisnamult site might be
ideal for the Boyle type of project - assuming the right developer could be
found, and which might not be all that difficult for me to do by using the new
In any event, I believe it's up the value of
the Lisnamult land will be going in the present financial climate.
Consequently, the unwanted and unexpected delays regarding the sale may not be
all bad from our viewpoint.