The Minister for Justice, Michael McDowell, has described the proposed new land and conveyancing legislation as the single most comprehensive and far reaching land law reform since the foundation of the State.

Speaking at the publication of the Land and Conveyancing Law Reform Bill 2006, Mr McDowell said the new legislation would modernise and streamline land and conveyancing laws.

The Bill is designed to repeal up to 150 pre-1922 statutes, in whole or in part, and replace them with provisions more suited to modern conditions. Some of the statutes date as far back as the 13th Century.

It will remove references in current legislation to feudal tenure and 'Crown lands'.

The Bill was presented in the Seanad today. The Second Stage debate will commence on 26 June.