To promote and safeguard the legal, societal and economic framework of property ownership in Ireland. This will be achieved by maintaining and extending a comprehensive and reliable system of registration of title, which secures property rights and facilitates property transactions.
The Role of the Property Registration Authority
The Property Registration Authority (PRA) was established on 4th November 2006. The key contributions of the PRA to the Irish economy are to provide a register of title to land and to guarantee security for those parties dealing with property.
We have now reached a position where some 93% of the total land mass, and comprising 88% of the legal titles in Ireland, are now registered in the Land Registry. The system of recording deeds, in respect of the remaining titles, operated by the Registry of Deeds, is gradually reducing and will, ultimately, be of interest to historians and genealogists only.
Security of title is the cornerstone of the services which we provide and the systems of “Title Registration” and the “Register of Deeds”, as described above, collectively provide a comprehensive record of property transactions. Following the enactment of the Registration of Deeds and Titles Act, 2006, both systems are under the control of the PRA whose primary statutory remit is to complete the Irish land register which will lead to a single system of title registration supportive of Government policies on land administration, including electronic registration, electronic conveyancing and the emerging Irish Spatial Data Infrastructure.