Transport (Dublin Light Rail) Act, 1996

Surveys and inspections.

2.—(1) An authorised officer may, on production of his or her authorisation if so requested by any person affected, for the purposes of this Act enter on any land and—

(a) inspect and survey the land and make any inquiry, investigation or examination for the purpose of ascertaining whether or not the land is suitable for the purposes of the construction of a light railway,

(b) carry out any investigation or examination thereon preliminary or incidental to the purposes aforesaid,

(c) bring thereon such other persons or equipment as he or she may reasonably consider necessary for the purposes of his or her functions under this section,

(d) line sight, drill, bore, probe or excavate, or take such samples and carry out such tests as he or she reasonably considers necessary or expedient for the purposes of such functions.

(2) Before an authorised officer enters any dwelling house under subsection (1), he or she shall obtain the consent (which shall not be unreasonably withheld) of any owner or occupier of the dwelling house.

(3) Where an authorised officer is refused entry to any land, the Minister or the Board may apply to a judge of the District Court assigned to the district court district in which the land is situate for a warrant authorising such entry and upon the hearing of the application the judge shall, if satisfied that such entry is necessary or expedient, by warrant authorise such entry.

(4) Whenever an authorised officer exercises any of the functions conferred on him or her by subsection (1), the Minister or the Board, as the case may be, shall be liable to make good all damage done to the land entered upon or interfered with by the exercise of such functions and to pay compensation in respect of any loss arising out of or in the course of the performance of the functions of an officer under this section, and, if there is a failure to do so, any person affected by the damage or loss shall be entitled to compensation in respect thereof and such compensation shall be recoverable from the Minister or the Board, as the case may be, in default of agreement, in any court of competent jurisdiction.