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Tuesday, 7 February 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 754 No. 3

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 331.  Deputy Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin Information on Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin Zoom on Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin  asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government Information on Philip Hogan Zoom on Philip Hogan  if he has given approval to Monaghan County Council and a housing association (details supplied) to move to the next stage in the development of a group home for women with physical and sensory disabilities at Carrickmacross, County Monaghan; the projected timeframe for the next phase of the planning process; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [6619/12]

Minister of State at the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government (Deputy Jan O’Sullivan): Information on Jan O'Sullivan Zoom on Jan O'Sullivan My Department’s involvement with voluntary and co-operative housing schemes relates primarily to the provision of funds for individual projects. The detailed administration of the schemes, and the certification that projects comply with the terms and conditions of the funding schemes, are the responsibility of the relevant local authority.

Monaghan County Council recently submitted revised proposals under my Department’s Capital Assistance Scheme (CAS) for a group home for people with physical and sensory disabilities at Carrickmacross. These proposals are currently under consideration.

I will, in the context of an examination of existing programme commitments under CAS, give consideration to the financial scope for new CAS projects during 2012. It will be a matter for Monaghan County Council to prioritise projects locally having regard to the relevant merit of any proposals received and the extent to which they meet housing need.

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