Property Rights, Obligations & Responsibilities

Every week thousands of people engage in walking and other recreation activities in the Irish countryside. These activities deliver significant health and well-being benefits for participants, while also bringing valuable income to rural areas and supporting the national economy. People are drawn to wild and beautiful landscapes as a counterbalance to everyday life, for contact with nature, and for physical challenge. As much of this activity takes place on privately owned land, the law on occupiers’ liability was updated in 1995 to protect landowners/occupiers from claims by entrants onto their land. Despite this, many landowners/ occupiers and recreational users are unsure about their obligations and responsibilities. This leaflet provides information on the Occupiers’ Liability Act, 1995 and access to land for recreational use and related matters. It is aimed at landowners/occupiers and everyone who uses the Irish countryside for recreation