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O'Sullivan, Jan

Wednesday, 11 December 2019

Dáil Éireann Debate
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Building Energy Rating Administration

Asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government: the extra funding allocated to improve the energy ratings of local authority homes in addition to that already provided under schemes that have been ongoing in recent years; the monitoring that tak...More Button

My question relates to the energy rating of local authority homes, many of which have very low energy ratings. This is in the context of climate change and fuel poverty, from which many tenants of...More Button

Building Energy Rating Administration (Continued)

While I appreciate the work being done in the midlands, it largely relates to a just transition for the workers. This is welcome for people living in the area but I am trying to find out how much ...More Button

Some of these homes are in a bad state and funding must be stepped up to protect people from fuel poverty. This additional money is a relatively small amount. For clarity, does the Minister of St...More Button

Social and Affordable Housing Maintenance

Asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government: the monitoring in place to ensure that local authority homes that have received a thermal upgrade reach an improved BER rating; if a survey is carried out to measure the improvement; and if he will...More Button

Coincidentally, this question is on the same topic. It is the first of the ordinary questions. It., again. relates to the BERs of local authority homes. I stress my concern that while people are...More Button

I ask for greater clarity in this regard. Is there a timeframe for the carrying out of a survey after the works are completed? To be clear, is the contractor paid before the final survey has been...More Button

In some cases, despite basic works being carried out on attics and walls and so on, a home may still have a low energy rating because of leaking windows or other issues. I know the schemes are ver...More Button

Tenant Purchase Scheme

Asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government: when the promised new tenant purchase scheme will be published and activated; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

It is a bit like waiting for the 32 bus in Portmarnock, which I learned recently comes very infrequently. We have been asking for this for a very long time. Could the Minister of State give us mo...More Button

Let me add to the point that most income has to come from employment. I know of somebody who is on a social welfare payment but who inherited money from a family member. The individual would be...More Button

Tenant Purchase Scheme (Continued)

I wish to reiterate Deputy Darragh O'Brien's question. It is an issue which I also mentioned. Could this provision be taken out of the major piece of work that is being done? We have been tellin...More Button

Misuse of Drugs (Amendment) Bill 2019: Second Stage [Private Members] (Continued)

Unfortunately, the HSE was the funding stream for the community policing forum. The Department of Justice and Equality is the funding stream for the Cabra community policing forum, CPF, and the HS...More Button

The CPF did invaluable work over many years in supporting individuals and communities making a real difference, unlike the joint policing committees, JPCs. I have experience of all them. The JP...More Button

I listened to Deputy Curran and the Minister of State, Deputy Stanton, earlier. We know the statistics with regard to the worsening problem. The Bill will punish those who do not care about a j...More Button

Many years ago we had the young people's facilities and services fund, which I was involved in as chair in the north inner city. That was targeted at those most at risk when it comes to drugs. ...More Button

We had a programme in the north inner city, which the programme implementation board, PIB, supported, in two of the local second level schools. The evaluation was good because we had trained out...More Button

Vacant Properties

Asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government: the number of vacant privately owned homes that have been brought back into use through programmes, including the repair and lease and the acquisition of vacant properties, through the Housing Agen...More Button

Vacant Sites Levy

Asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government: if he is satisfied with the number of sites listed on the vacant site registers of local authorities; his views on whether each site that should be on the register has been listed and is subject to...More Button