Transport (Dublin Light Rail) Act, 1996

Lopping of trees by Board.

15.—(1) The Board may lop, remove or cut any tree, shrub or hedge which obstructs or interferes with—

(a) surveys or inspections under section 2 ,

(b) light railway works authorised by a light railway order,

(c) the maintenance, operation or improvement of light railway works or cables or other light railway apparatus,

(d) the operation of a light railway,

(e) the laying and erection of electric wires, or

(f) the safe passage of the light railway vehicles including the safety of any passengers on board such vehicles on a light railway line.

(2) Before lopping or cutting any tree, shrub or hedge under this section, the Board shall serve on the owner or occupier of the land or, in the case of a public road, on the road authority charged with the maintenance of such road on which such tree, shrub or hedge is standing, notice in writing of its intention to do so and, after the expiration of one month from the date of such service, the Board may lop or cut any tree, shrub or hedge if the owner or occupier has not already done so.

(3) Where an occupier or owner of land cuts or lops any tree, shrub or hedge under this section, the expense incurred by him or her in so doing shall be paid to him or her on demand by the Board and the amount of such expenses shall be recoverable from the Board, in default of agreement, as a simple contract debt in any court of competent jurisdiction.