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O'Brien, Darragh

Wednesday, 11 December 2019

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


Social and Affordable Housing

Asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government: his plans to review the €2 million eligibility spending threshold for single-stage approval for local authority social housing; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I will try to abide by the Acting Chairman's request.More Button

I ask the Minister to give an update on the €2 million eligibility spending threshold for single-stage approval for local authority social housing. We have discussed that threshold and it was ag...More Button

I am not sure if it is coincidental that this was just reviewed yesterday and the decision was made. I take it the recommendation was for no change. What information does the Minister have on the...More Button

Social and Affordable Housing (Continued)

It does not make any sense to me that the Department wants to have absolute control over anything above that. One of the concerns raised in some information we got from the Department is based on ...More Button

I was just checking.More Button

I thank the Minister for his response. The reason we have been pushing for this is to try to deliver projects quicker. I welcome the streamlining in the process which is something we have called ...More Button

It is not true to say that local authorities do not want this; there is a particular reason for that. It is because of the liabilities that may be foisted upon them. The only reason is the fina...More Button

Or if not, then the following one.More Button

Public Spending Code

Asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government: when final guidance on cost-effectiveness analysis cases will be issued to local authorities; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The public spending code requires that housing projects with a cost of more than €20 million be subject to a cost-effectiveness analysis before getting approval from the Department to proceed. Whe...More Button

The Minister will be aware of the confusion and delays this issue has caused. From information I received from his Department and copies of emails accessed through a freedom of information request...More Button

I understand from what the Minister stated that a final draft has been sent out for feedback to be received from the local authorities as to what they believe is required. Has he a final date on...More Button

That is welcome. The Minister expects there to be finalisation of the code in January next year, and the new process will be in place. I ask that in the case of any schemes in the pipeline, such ...More Button

It is the fault of the local authorities.More Button

The Minister is not bad either.More Button

Tenant Purchase Scheme

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

I have been asking the Minister of State about this regularly. He may remember that we discussed this during the last round of oral questions. He made a commitment to finalise and publish the rev...More Button

Tenant Purchase Scheme (Continued)

I wish to simply ask when the Minister of State will publish the review. There has been no real acrimony about this. We just want to see the recommendations. I think we are entitled to do that. ...More Button

Credit Union Lending

Asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government: the status of the review group of establishing a special purpose vehicle to enable credit union funding; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Planning Guidelines

Asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government: when the new rural planning guidelines will be published; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Departmental Offices

Asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government: the status of the housing delivery office; the relationship of the office with the Land Development Agency; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government: the status of the housing delivery office; the relationship of the office with the Land Development Agency; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button