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Ellis, Dessie

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


Local Authority Housing Evictions

Tenants in this State are not protected adequately from summary eviction or eviction with no justification, while local authorities can legally evict without due process. Section 62 of the Housing...More Button

In April 2013 the Minister of State, Deputy Jan O'Sullivan, said a Bill to repeal section 62 would be before the Dáil in the same year. As the one-year anniversary of the statement approaches, w...More Button

Even if section 62 were repealed, there is a need for legislative protection from eviction for tenants, given the devastating effect it can have on people and its potential to put them out on the...More Button

This month, Sinn Féin councillor John Brady received an eviction notice from Bray Town Council. His family now has just under a month to vacate their home. They have lived there for 13 years wi...More Button

Another case is that of Patrick Collopy of Limerick city. The 26-year-old, who is living in Bishop Street, has been told by Limerick City Council that he will be kicked out of the home he shared...More Button

In those cases the evictions were not fair or reasonable and they were not in the interests of the wider public good. That is why we need protections for tenants and why section 62 must be repea...More Button

I thank the Minister of State. She is aware that there is an urgent need for the District Court or an independent authority to judge each case on its merits and to be able to question the reason a...More Button

While we accept that evictions might take place for good reasons, such as anti-social behaviour, it is imperative that such mechanisms go through a robust legal process and are judged on that bas...More Button

I agree with the recent Constitutional Convention recommendation that housing should be a right. We must have a proper procedure in place in the case of families being evicted. We must put in p...More Button

Regeneration Projects Status

Asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government: the current plans for Ballymun town centre in view of the recent news that a store (details supplied) will be closing down.More Button

Asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government: if he will provide details of the publicly owned serviced and rezoned land in Ballymun; and the future plans for this land. More Button

Voluntary Housing Sector

Asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government: further to Parliamentary Question No. 486 of 25 February 2014, when a decision is expected on the proposal by Cluid Housing Association to remediate and complete the units at the Emerald Housing pr...More Button

Garda Recruitment

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: if the cut-off point for consideration of new Garda recruits is 2,000 candidates. More Button

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: if membership of the Garda Reserve will provide candidates just outside the cut-off point any special consideration should new recruiting begin in the future.More Button

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: his plans to have any future large scale recruitment drives for the Gardaí after the current 300.More Button

Regional Airports

Asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport: the position regarding the framework for approval by the EU Commission for State support for regional airports that his Department was to develop with respect to the proposed €35 million investment...More Button