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Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - County Dublin Housing.

Tuesday, 27 September 1966

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 224 No. 1

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50.

Mr. Cosgrave: Information on Liam Cosgrave Zoom on Liam Cosgrave asked the Minister for Local Government what additional money will be made available in the current financial year to Dublin County Council for houses in the Rathdown area; and how much will be made available for local authority housing and housing applications under the Small Dwellings Acts.

Mr. Blaney: Information on Neil T.C. Blaney Zoom on Neil T.C. Blaney Supplementary housing capital allocations totalling £330,000 have been made to Dublin County Council to date in addition to the original total housing allocation of £970,000 notified to the council last March. Of these supplementary allocations, £160,000 was in respect of local authority housing and £170,000 for [32] house purchase loans. It is not possible to indicate separately the amount of these allocations which will be devoted to the Rathdown area.

No final decision has been made as to the amount, if any, of further allocations which may be made to the council, pending the outcome of a general review of the position which is in progress at present.

Mr. Clinton: Information on Mark A. Clinton Zoom on Mark A. Clinton Could the Minister say if the council are holding up their review of the situation?

Mr. Blaney: Information on Neil T.C. Blaney Zoom on Neil T.C. Blaney I should not imagine so.

Mr. Clinton: Information on Mark A. Clinton Zoom on Mark A. Clinton Who is doing the review—the council or the Department?

Mr. Blaney: Information on Neil T.C. Blaney Zoom on Neil T.C. Blaney They have been doing a review and the Department would review their review.

Mr. Lyons: Information on Michael D. Lyons Zoom on Michael D. Lyons Has the Minister not been engaged in a review during the past 12 months?

Mr. Blaney: Information on Neil T.C. Blaney Zoom on Neil T.C. Blaney The Deputy should realise this has been the outcome of the earlier reviews already made known to his local authority, amongst others.

Mr. Lyons: Information on Michael D. Lyons Zoom on Michael D. Lyons A week before the assembly of the Dáil—it is about time.

Mr. Blaney: Information on Neil T.C. Blaney Zoom on Neil T.C. Blaney The Deputy has been in recess not only from here but apparently also from his local authority; otherwise, he would know the position.

Mr. Lyons: Information on Michael D. Lyons Zoom on Michael D. Lyons The Deputy has not, but he has been awaiting any review from the Minister that would give us money. The Minister promised us money in May but the Commissioners of Public Works did not say anything until a week ago, and if the Dáil was not assembling this week, we would not have any money yet.

Mr. Blaney: Information on Neil T.C. Blaney Zoom on Neil T.C. Blaney It would appear the Dáil should have met in the middle of July.

51.

Mr. Cosgrave: Information on Liam Cosgrave Zoom on Liam Cosgrave asked the Minister for Local Government what additional [33] money will be made available in the current financial year to Dún Laoghaire Corporation for housing; and how much will be made available for local authority housing and housing applications under the Small Dwellings Acts.

Mr. Blaney: Information on Neil T.C. Blaney Zoom on Neil T.C. Blaney As regards local authority housing, no final decision has been made as to the amount, if any, of additional capital which may be allocated to the corporation in the current financial year. Such additional moneys as may be available to housing authorities for new work will be allocated in respect of schemes according as they reach the stage of approval to tenders. No new scheme in Dún Laoghaire has reached that stage. As regards existing housing capital commitments, including land acquisition, housing authorities generally have been asked to submit up-to-date information and the position will be further reviewed when replies have been received from all areas.

With regard to house purchase loans I understand that the corporation are in a position to finance their limited loan activities from special repayments of earlier advances without recourse to borrowing. The question of an additional capital allocation for this purpose does not, therefore, arise.

Mr. Clinton: Information on Mark A. Clinton Zoom on Mark A. Clinton When the Minister refers to the limited loans being given by the corporation, what does he mean? Who is limiting them?

Mr. Blaney: Information on Neil T.C. Blaney Zoom on Neil T.C. Blaney It means the demand is limited.

Mr. Clinton: Information on Mark A. Clinton Zoom on Mark A. Clinton The applications are not coming in?

Mr. Blaney: Information on Neil T.C. Blaney Zoom on Neil T.C. Blaney That is right.

Mr. Clinton: Information on Mark A. Clinton Zoom on Mark A. Clinton The same as in the county council: they have given up the ghost.

Mr. Blaney: Information on Neil T.C. Blaney Zoom on Neil T.C. Blaney If the Deputy went to the trouble of finding out, he would know the number of private houses likely to be built in Dún Laoghaire is very small because there has been no housing activity of any great extent there for a number of years. That is the limiting factor.


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