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Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Dublin Corporation Housing List.

Tuesday, 7 June 1966

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 223 No. 1

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Mr. L'Estrange: Information on Gerald L'Estrange Zoom on Gerald L'Estrange asked the Minister for Local Government the total number of families on the waiting list for Dublin Corporation dwellings, which consist of (a) seven persons and over, (b) six and over, (c) five and over, and (d) four and under; and the conditions which have to be fulfilled by applicants to obtain a certificate of recommendation from the Chief Medical Officer.

Mr. P. Brennan: Information on Patrick Brennan Zoom on Patrick Brennan I understand that, on 15th April, 1966, the date of the most recent review of the Dublin Corporation approved housing list, there were 694 families of six persons and over, 1,072 families of five persons and 3,229 families of four persons and under on the list. The number of families of seven persons and over was not assessed separately on that date but the number of such families at present on the list is stated to be 373. The preferences to be observed by housing authorities in the letting of dwellings are prescribed in the Housing (Management and Letting) Regulations, 1950 and 1953. These Regulations provide that, for the purpose of determining the order of priority within a class of applicants, the housing authority shall obtain and have regard to a report and recommendation from the chief medical officer.

Mr. L'Estrange: Information on Gerald L'Estrange Zoom on Gerald L'Estrange Can the Parliamentary Secretary give the House any indication as to when these people may expect to be housed?

Mr. P. Brennan: Information on Patrick Brennan Zoom on Patrick Brennan All of them?

Mr. L'Estrange: Information on Gerald L'Estrange Zoom on Gerald L'Estrange Yes, or any of them. Will they be housed within the [13] next 20 years at the present rate of progress?

Mr. P. Brennan: Information on Patrick Brennan Zoom on Patrick Brennan Yes, I would say so.

Mr. L'Estrange: Information on Gerald L'Estrange Zoom on Gerald L'Estrange The Parliamentary Secretary thinks they might.

Mr. Larkin: Information on Denis Larkin Zoom on Denis Larkin Will the Parliamentary Secretary agree that the housing of these families is being deferred because of the failure of the Government to sanction schemes submitted for the construction of dwellings and will he also agree that the responsibility for any further delay lies on the shoulders of the Minister and Government concerned?

Mr. P. Brennan: Information on Patrick Brennan Zoom on Patrick Brennan I do not agree at all.

Mr. L'Estrange: Information on Gerald L'Estrange Zoom on Gerald L'Estrange They would say anything at the present time.


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