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Written Answers. - Grant Payments.

Tuesday, 3 December 2002

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 558 No. 4

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 99. Mr. Howlin Information on Brendan Howlin Zoom on Brendan Howlin  asked the Minister for Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs Information on Éamon Ó Cuív Zoom on Éamon Ó Cuív  the number of new house grants paid to applicants in Gaeltacht areas in respect of each of the past five years; the average amount paid; the criteria used to determine eligibility for such grants; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [24454/02]

Minister for Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs (Éamon Ó Cuív): Information on Éamon Ó Cuív Zoom on Éamon Ó Cuív I assume the Deputy is referring to grants paid under the Housing (Gaeltacht) Acts. The number of new houses completed with assistance under the Acts, as well as the expenditure involved in the last five years, is set out as follows:

Year Houses completed Expenditure
2002 (to 31/10/02) 164 €901,403
2001 123 €733,150
2000 121 €660,100
1999 127 €585,060
1998 98 €452,715
1997 115 €588,765

The new house grant under the Acts –€5,100 in mainland Gaeltacht areas and €15,300 on Gaeltacht islands – is paid by my Department to qualified applicants who speak Irish as the normal language of their household and who do not possess a habitable house in the Gaeltacht. The maximum grant is paid to applicants in the vast majority of cases.


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