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Written Answers - Social and Affordable Housing

Thursday, 19 April 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 762 No. 1

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 80.  Deputy Michael McGrath Information on Michael McGrath Zoom on Michael McGrath  asked the Minister for Finance Information on Michael Noonan Zoom on Michael Noonan  if he expects the National Assets Management Agency to engage with all councils in whose area NAMA holds housing stock in regard to the provision of social housing; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [19709/12]

Minister for Finance (Deputy Michael Noonan): Information on Michael Noonan Zoom on Michael Noonan I am informed by NAMA that it engages with Local Authorities, through the Housing Agency, in relation to social housing. In December 2011, NAMA identified over 2,000 properties under the control of its debtors or receivers as being potentially suitable for social housing. I am advised by NAMA that interested housing authorities should contact the Housing Agency about potential social housing units in their area. In cases where suitability is established, NAMA will facilitate contact and negotiations between its debtor/receiver and the housing authority.

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