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Murphy, Eoghan

Wednesday, 4 July 2018

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.

Leaders' Questions (Continued)

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Local Authority Housing

Was asked: if a full and urgent structural review of local authority flat complexes has been ordered in view of the severe structural deficits found at a location (details supplied); and if he will make a sta...More Button

Was asked: if a ministerial directive will be issued to Dublin City Council to urgently relocate residents at a location (details supplied) while structural repair work takes place in view of the health and s...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 339 and 340 together.More Button

The management and maintenance of local authority housing stock, including the implementation of planned maintenance programmes and the carrying out of responsive repairs for tenants living in so...More Button

I am advised by DCC that condition surveys of all of its flat complexes are being carried out in the context of the Housing (Standards for Rented Houses) Regulations 2017. In the specific case r...More Button

Tenant Purchase Scheme

Was asked: if it is a requirement of the tenant purchase scheme that an applicant's income must be derived from work in cases in which the combined social welfare and private pension income is more than €15,0...More Button

The Tenant (Incremental) Purchase Scheme came into operation on 1 January 2016. The Scheme is open to eligible tenants, including joint tenants, of local authority houses that are available for sa...More Button

The minimum reckonable income for eligibility under the scheme is determined by the relevant local authority in accordance with the detailed provisions of the Ministerial Direction issued under S...More Button

In determining reckonable income, the income of all tenants of the house, including adult children that are joint tenants, is included, as is the income of the spouse, civil partner or other part...More Button

The minimum income criterion was introduced in order to ensure the sustainability of the scheme. Applicants must demonstrate that they have an income that is long-term and sustainable in nature....More Button

In line with the commitment given in Rebuilding Ireland, a review of the first 12 months of the Scheme’s operation has been undertaken. The review has incorporated analysis of comprehensive data...More Button

The review is now complete and a full report has been prepared setting out findings and recommendations. In finalising the report some further consultation was necessary and due consideration ha...More Button

Housing Assistance Payment

Was asked: the supports and services in place for persons in the Dublin City Council area who move from the rent supplement payment to the housing assistance payment when they take up full-time work after a p...More Button

In relation to Housing suports, any household assessed as eligible for social housing is immediately eligible for housing support through the Housing Assistance Payment (HAP) scheme. Once a househ...More Button

HAP provides fast, flexible housing support to households in an area of their choice. Individuals with a housing need, who in the past were reluctant to avail of full time work as they would los...More Button

HAP will replace RS for those with a long term housing need, who qualify for social housing support. However, RS will remain available through the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Pro...More Button

I continue to keep the operation of HAP under review but I am currently satisfied with how the scheme is operating and I consider it to be a key vehicle for meeting current housing need and fulfi...More Button

Emergency Accommodation Data

Was asked: the records that are kept of families that have had to seek emergency housing provision in Garda stations throughout the country in 2017; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

My Department’s role in relation to homelessness involves the provision of a national framework of policy, legislation and funding to underpin the role of housing authorities in addressing homeless...More Button

The DRHE has informed my Department that additional contingency accommodation has been introduced in the Dublin region to avoid the need for any family to present to a Garda station.  More Button

Housing Assistance Payment Data

Was asked: the number of persons who have received the HAP, both homeless HAP and regular HAP, since its inception; and the number of those who have subsequently presented again as homeless to their local aut...More Button

The Housing Assistance Payment (HAP) provides fast, flexible housing support to households in an area of their choice. HAP supported tenancies are agreed between the landlord and the tenant; the lo...More Button

Tribunals of Inquiry Recommendations

Was asked: if all recommendations of the Moriarty tribunal have been implemented; the recommendations that are outstanding; and when they will be implemented.More Button

The Electoral (Amendment) (Political Funding) Act 2012 (the "2012 Act"), which was enacted on 28 July 2012, significantly enhanced the openness and transparency of political funding in Ireland. Th...More Button

  The Tribunal recommended that all political donations, apart from those under a modest threshold, be reported and published. Under the 2012 Act, which amended the Electoral Act 1997, the thresh...More Button

The threshold for the receipt of anonymous donations was reduced to €100. The donation threshold amount that gives rise to the requirement to open a political donations account was also reduced ...More Button

The Moriarty Tribunal in its Report also noted that the desirability and feasibility of a complete ban on private political funding is pre-eminently a matter for the Houses of the Oireachtas and ...More Button

The 2012 Act provides for a reduction in the maximum amount that can be accepted as a political donation by an individual from €2,539.48 to €1,000. This €1,000 limit applies in respect of donati...More Button

Social and Affordable Housing

Was asked: the targets for social and affordable housing in each of the years 2018 to 2027; and the estimated capital spending targets required to deliver the social and affordable housing targets for the sam...More Button

Details of social housing targets, broken down by individual local authority, across build, acquisition and leasing, for the period 2018 to 2021 are available on the Rebuilding Ireland website at t...More Button

Departmental Contracts Data

Was asked: the number of times his Department has engaged polling companies and-or Irish market researchers to conduct research on its behalf in each of the past two years; the names of such companies; the co...More Button

My Department has engaged a company on one occasion in the past two years to conduct research on its behalf, details of which are set out in the following table.

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Planning Data

Was asked: the number of planning permissions for housing that were extended for five years on the basis of section 42A(1)(ii) of the Planning and Development Act 2000 (details supplied) in each of the years ...More Button

Planning statistics compiled annually by planning authorities for collation and publication on my Department’s website do not include a breakdown on the number of planning permissions for housing d...More Button

European Parliament Elections

Was asked: if there will be a review of European election constituency boundaries following the provision of two extra MEPs to Ireland; the timeline for the undertaking of the boundary review; and if he will ...More Button

On 28 June 2018, the European Council adopted a decision on the composition of the European Parliament for the 2019-2024 parliamentary term. This provides for 13 members to be elected in Ireland, ...More Button

The Electoral Act 1997 (as amended) provides for the establishment of a commission to review European Parliament constituencies in the context of a change in the number of MEPs to be elected in I...More Button

I have written to the Chief Justice seeking his nomination for a Chairperson for the Commission and I intend to establish a Commission to review the constituencies as soon as practicable after re...More Button

Water Conservation

Was asked: the number of offences that have been prosecuted in the past five years by Irish Water for breaches of section 54(2) of the Water Services Act 2007 (details supplied); and if he will make a stateme...More Button

Conservation of water supplies is a key policy imperative.  Safe, reliable and high quality drinking water is expensive to produce and is a precious resource.

  I am advised by I...More Button

Public Sector Staff Retirements

Was asked: if he will address the matter of the extension of the retirement age of retained fire fighters; if an expert review panel will be established to review the retirement age anomaly (details supplied)...More Button

International research indicates that the retirement age of 55 is the optimum age to ensure that fire-fighters are capable of satisfactorily performing the tasks expected of them. The retirement a...More Button

A full time firefighter is statutorily required to retire at age 55 under the Public Service Superannuation (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2004. This retirement age is set at 55 due to the physi...More Button

The retirement age for retained fire fighters is 55 with an extended period to age 58 subject to a formal application process including a compulsory medical assessment. More Button

A collective agreement was reached between the Local Government Management Services Board and the trade unions involved (SIPTU and ATGWU) in November 2002.  This collective agreement provided, in...More Button

In general, any changes proposed by either management or unions are negotiated using the established Industrial Relations processes. In this regard, the matter of increasing the retirement age f...More Button

I understand that these discussions are at a preliminary stage and therefore I am unable to give an indication as to when these discussions will be completed or the likely outcome.More Button

Homeless Accommodation Provision

Was asked: the number of homeless families in County Kildare; the number of families in emergency accommodation or awaiting allocation thereto; if funding has been allocated to Kildare County Council to addre...More Button

The Pathway Accommodation and Support System (PASS) was implemented nationally in 2014, as a national information and management system for homeless services that are overseen by housing authoritie...More Button

Local Authority Functions

Was asked: the section in legislation in relation to the role of the chief executives of local authorities in respect of public health; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Local authorities operate in accordance with a broad range of legislation, including in relation to issues which come under the responsibility of a number of Government Departments. More Button

In relation to the Deputy's specific query regarding public health issues, many functions in this area are now the responsibility of the Health Service Executive. However, there may still be rol...More Button

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