As many of you may be aware, there are still a lot of large land-holdings belonging to British aristocrats which have held this lands in Irelands for hundreds of years to date. These include estates like Slane Castle, and Powerscourt Gardens. During the formation of our Free State Government, the “Land Act” was implemented and offered these British land lords to purchase the land.
Considering Ireland’s independent economy at this time was virtually non-existent, and improving relations with the British elite was in our best interest - the purchases of the land act were surely offered from a position of extreme disadvantage on the Irish state’s behalf.
Should the Irish state offer/enforce, today, a compensation to these modern-day aristocrats, where the land is reclaimed for the Irish state? The money gained from these sites like entry fees for tours, gigs, events etc could be used towards Irish culture projects and the establishment of modern gaeltachts where our language could be given a chance to thrive in future generations.
Just a thought. You can see an article below from 2016 which can give you an idea of the current “Anglo-Irish” land holdings in Ireland today: