Air-Raid Precautions Act, 1939


Miscellaneous Provisions.

Requisition of premises by the Commissioners of Public Works in Ireland.

57.—(1) Whenever it appears to the Minister that, in view of the imminence of an emergency involving the possibility of an attack from the air, it is expedient so to do, he may by order under this sub-section declare that the provisions of sub-section (3) of this section shall come into operation and whenever any such order is made the provisions of sub-section (3) of this section shall come into force and remain in force until such order is revoked.

(2) The Minister may by order under this sub-section revoke any order made under the immediately preceding sub-section.

(3) The Commissioners of Public Works in Ireland (in this section referred to as the Commissioners) may take and retain possession of any premises which in the opinion of the Commissioners should, in order to meet the emergencies of the situation which would arise in the event of hostile attack from the air, be rendered available for use by any Minister of State or other persons acting on behalf of the State in a civil capacity.

(4) Where the Commissioners are authorised by the immediately preceding sub-section to take possession of any premises the Commissioners may for the purpose of taking such possession remove or require the occupier to remove any property which is in those premises, and may take such other steps as may be necessary for putting those premises in a condition which will enable them to be used for the purpose intended.

(5) If—

(a) the occupier of any premises refuses to move from such premises any property when required to do so by the Commissioners under the immediately preceding sub-section, or

(b) any person obstructs or interferes with any person acting on behalf of the Commissioners in the exercise of the powers conferred on them under this section,

such person shall be guilty of an offence under this section and shall be liable on summary conviction thereof to a fine not exceeding one hundred pounds.

(6) Where possession is taken of any premises under this section there shall be paid out of moneys provided by the Oireachtas such compensation to such persons as the Oireachtas may hereafter determine.