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Murphy, Eoghan

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.

Motor Tax

Was asked: the reason motor tax cannot be transferred from one vehicle to another when a person sells their taxed car and purchases an untaxed car; and his plans to allow persons take their car tax with them ...More Button

The legal provisions governing the motor tax system are based on associations between the particular vehicle and its taxation category, which is determined by reference to factors such as engine si...More Button

Was asked: the authority or organisation that makes the decision on the classification with regard to motor tax (details supplied) on used or already registered private motor vehicles. More Button

Private motor vehicles are classified for purposes of motor tax based on the information contained in the Vehicle Registration Certificate (VRC). This certificate is issued by the Office of the Rev...More Button

National Parks and Wildlife Service

Was asked: if the attention of the National Parks and Wildlife Service, NPWS, has been drawn to the frequent closure of beaches by the Environmental Protection Agency, EPA, and local authorities in the past t...More Button

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is a key statutory body for investigating complaints of pollution and for the enforcement, both directly and through oversight of local authorities, of env...More Button

Housing Assistance Payment

Was asked: his plans to address a matter (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The Housing Assistance Payment (HAP) is a flexible and immediate housing support that is now available to all eligible households throughout the State. There are currently over 28,000 households i...More Button

Water Services

Was asked: his plans to provide compensation for private well owners, group water schemes or those who have financed their own water supply but are also required to pay for water from general taxation; and if...More Button

The Joint Oireachtas Committee on the Future Funding of Domestic Water Services recommended that the principles of equity of treatment and equivalent financial support should be applied equally bet...More Button

The Water Services Bill 2017 is currently being considered by the Oireachtas.  The provisions in the Bill give effect to the recommendations of the Committee. My Department will shortly commence...More Button

Homeless Persons Data

Was asked: the move-ons by tenure type (details supplied) in view of his Department's press statement accompanying the August 2017 homeless figures stating that 134 families moved on from homelessness in that...More Button

My Department publishes data on a monthly basis regarding the number of homeless families, including dependents, accommodated in all forms of emergency accommodation funded and overseen by housing ...More Button

Housing Assistance Payment Data

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 241 of 21 September 2017, the average monthly rent paid to landlords under the HAP scheme in each of the years since the inception of the scheme; the annualise...More Button

Under the Housing Assistance Payment scheme (HAP), a tenant sources their own accommodation, the tenancy agreement is between the tenant and the landlord and is covered by the Residential Tenancies...More Button

Departmental Bodies Data

Was asked: the State bodies or boards that fall under the remit of his Department; and the number of members of each State body or board who are not qualified within the field in which the board or body has o...More Button

Details in relation to the membership of State Boards including the dates of appointment and mechanisms of appointment of members under the aegis of my Department are available on the Department’s ...More Button

Planning Issues

Was asked: the reason elected members who have the authority to adopt the county development plan and bring it into effect do not have the authority to make variations to the plan.More Button

Was asked: if the limits of the exempted development area for roof mounted solar panels, including photovoltaics, will be raised in order to increase Ireland's response to climate change mitigation; and if he...More Button

Under the Planning and Development Act 2000, as amended, all development, unless specifically exempted under the Act or associated Regulations, requires planning permission.More Button

Section 4 of the Act and Schedule 2 of the Planning and Development Regulations 2001, as amended, set out various exemptions from the requirement to obtain planning permission.  Any such exemptio...More Button

With regard to exemptions for solar panels, Class 2 of Part 1 of Schedule 2 of the Regulations provides an exemption for "the installation or erection of a solar panel on, or within the curtilage...More Button

Class 56 of Part 1 of Schedule 2 of the Regulations provides an exemption for "the installation or erection on or within the curtilage of an industrial building, or any ancillary buildings within...More Button

Furthermore, Class 18 of Part 3 of Schedule 2 of the Regulations provides an exemption for "the installation or erection on an agricultural structure, or within the curtilage of an agricultural h...More Button

Exemptions from the requirement to obtain planning permission in respect of specific forms of development are provided for, when they are considered to be consistent with proper planning and sust...More Button

These exemptions provided for in the Planning and Development Regulations are kept under regular review, in consultation with the Department of Communications, Climate Action and the Environment..More Button

Unfinished Housing Developments Data

Was asked: the 430 housing estates that remain unfinished, by county; the estimated number of occupied houses or persons living in these unfinished estates; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Social and Affordable Housing Provision

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 629 of 3 October 2017, the details of the affordable rental scheme, including the definition of "affordable" used; the way in which the scheme is to be adminis...More Button

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 629 of 3 October 2017, if the affordable scheme includes affordable purchase homes for persons looking to buy as only affordable rental is referenced.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 603 and 604 together.More Button

The issue of housing affordability has been examined, as part of the Review of Rebuilding Ireland, in consultation with Dublin City Council, other local authorities and relevant stakeholders.  Th...More Button

With regard to the Poolbeg Strategic Development Zone specifically, it is intended that, of the 3,500 new homes permissible on the site under its Planning Scheme, 900 will be delivered as social ...More Button

It is also intended that a commercial agreement, with confirmed funding, will be entered into prior to commencement of development, between Dublin City Council, my Department and the owners/devel...More Button

The specific arrangements will be confirmed when the commercial agreement is finalised by Dublin City Council, taking account of affordable housing policy.  The final tenure mix and other arrange...More Button

Was asked: the delivery of and targets for delivery of social housing owned by local authorities and approved housing bodies, properties leased under the SHCEP programme and properties leased under RAS and HA...More Button

Was asked: if he will provide a breakdown of the 40,000 real social housing units to be delivered under Rebuilding Ireland by categories (details supplied), in tabular form.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 609 and 624 together.

  Following the first phase of my review of Rebuilding Ireland and with the provision made under Budget 2018 for social hou...More Button

Was asked: the mechanisms available to local authorities to ensure the provision of affordable homes on public or private lands including those included in the four land initiative schemes in Dublin city and ...More Button

Was asked: the definition of "affordable housing" in terms of household income and purchase price of properties.More Button

Was asked: his plans regarding affordable housing; his further plans to reintroduce the scheme which was abolished in 2011; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 611, 612 and 618 together.

  Housing affordability for individual households is a unique function of, inter alia, income, prevailing market price...More Button

Was asked: the number of units delivered through SHCEP in each of the years 2014 to 2016 and to date in 2017; the target number to be delivered for each year from 2018 to 2021; the number of these units each ...More Button

The Social Housing Current Expenditure Programme (SHCEP), administered by my Department, provides funding to local authorities to support the on-going contractual costs of long term leases for hous...More Button

Local Authority Boundaries

Was asked: if he will consider the views of the Cork public regarding proposed changes in the boundaries of Cork city and county councils.More Button

Housing Assistance Payment Administration

Was asked: if there are circumstances in which a landlord's payment from the local authority in respect of rent due can be withheld, totally or partially, in the event of the tenant not paying their weekly re...More Button

The Housing Assistance Payment (HAP) scheme is a flexible and immediate housing support that is now available to all eligible households throughout the State. There are currently more than 28,000 ...More Button

Departmental Schemes

Was asked: his Department's new HAP tenancy targets for 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021, respectively, in tabular form.More Button

Was asked: his Department's new RAS tenancy targets for 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021, respectively, in tabular form.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 608 and 607 together.

  The Rental Accommodation Scheme (RAS) is a social housing support introduced to cater for the accommodation needs of pers...More Button

Local Infrastructure Housing Activation Fund

Was asked: the number of houses to be delivered in each of the 18 sites for which LIHAF contracts have been signed; and the number of houses on each site that will be sold at price bands (details supplied).More Button

34 projects, at a total cost of €226 million, received preliminary approval for funding under the Local Infrastructure Housing Activation Fund (LIHAF) and these have the potential to provide an est...More Button

Was asked: the expected draw down of LIHAF funds in 2017; the expected carryover of unspent LIHAF funds from 2017 to 2018; the LIHAF allocation for 2018 including carryover; and the way in which the €50 milli...More Button

The total cost of the 34 projects approved under the Local Infrastructure Housing Activation Fund is €226 million, of which 75% (€169.5 million) will be funded by my Department, with local authorit...More Button

This funding is ring-fenced within the overall housing budget and will be available for local authorities to drawdown over the lifetime of the projects.  The total allocation for 2017 is €50m but...More Button

The first drawdown for LIHAF projects is likely to occur in late November and actual drawdown figures will be available by the end of the year. The allocation under LIHAF for 2018 is €60 million.More Button

The €50m, as announced as part of Budget 2018, is additional funding which will separately be available for a second call under LIHAF  and will again be subject to matching funding at 25% by Loca...More Button

Housing Data

Was asked: the number of Part V units purchased with funding from his Department in the past 12 months by local authority area; the average price paid for these units in each local authority area; the maximum...More Button

My Department supports local authorities and approved housing bodies to acquire new social homes through the Part V mechanism through the provision of capital assistance under the Social Housing Ca...More Button

Some housing developments completed in 2016/2017 were subject to older Part V agreements made before 1 September 2015, when other options - such as a financial contribution, the provision of full...More Button

Details on the number of social housing properties constructed, purchased and leased by local authorities and approved housing bodies, for letting to those on their social housing waiting lists, ...More Button

Budget Measures

Was asked: the details of the €15 million allocation in budget 2018 for infrastructure and services on local authority owned sites; the way in which this funding can be applied for; if it can be incorporated ...More Button

On 10 October, as part of Budget 2018, I announced an additional €75 million in Exchequer funding for new affordable housing initiatives. A second LIHAF infrastructure fund of €50 million will unl...More Button

Recognising the significant challenge households face in securing affordable housing in parts of the country a new fund of €25 million will be provided, over 2018 and 2019, to unlock local author...More Button

My Department is currently drawing up the criteria for access to this scheme, to be announced in the coming weeks, along with further affordability measures.More Button

Departmental Surveys

Was asked: the publication date for the residential land availability survey 2017; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

My Department intends to conduct a new strategic national analysis of the extent of residentially zoned land next year to update and expand upon the previous 2014 survey of the extent of lands zone...More Button

  Question No. 618 answered with Question No. 611.More Button

Housing Policy

Was asked: the number of meetings of the Rebuilding Ireland project oversight group he has held since coming into office.More Button

Since the publication of Rebuilding Ireland, the Government’s attention has been firmly focused on delivery.  Implementation of Rebuilding Ireland is being advanced across a number of Departments, ...More Button

Within my own Department, a group of senior officials, chaired by the Secretary General, monitors progress on a regular and ongoing basis.  Working Group structures under each of the Action Plan'...More Button

Since taking up Office, I have met with all housing stakeholders to discuss their views of the ongoing implementation of Rebuilding Ireland and further actions to be considered as part of the one...More Button

Residential Tenancies Board

Was asked: if the suspension of the Residential Tenancies Board’s allocations to local authorities for inspections of rental accommodation continued into 2017; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the ring-fenced budget 2018 funding for inspections of rental accommodation in 2018, as committed to in the rental strategy; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: the status of the shared service for inspections by local authorities of privately rented accommodation promised in the Rebuilding Ireland strategy; the overall responsibility for management, overs...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 621 to 623, inclusive, together.More Button

Section 176 of the Residential Tenancies Act provides that the fees received by the Residential Tenancies Board under the Act shall be paid into, or disposed of for the benefit of, the Exchequer ...More Button

Since 1 July 2016, the RTB retains the entirety of the fees received under the Act to defray its costs. The RTB is in a position to continue the support for local authority inspections of rental...More Button

In December 2016, the Strategy for the Rental Sector, one of the key measures promised under Rebuilding Ireland: Action Plan for Housing and Homeless, was published. The Strategy sets out a rang...More Button

Action 22 of the Strategy commits to developing a more efficient and effective approach to inspections, through a shared services type model, to increase efficiency, transparency and standardisat...More Button

To this end, my Department has established a working group, in conjunction with the County and City Management Association, Local Authorities and the RTB, to examine and develop the most appropri...More Button

Additional funding is being made available to support local authorities' inspections and increase the numbers of private rental properties being inspected, with detailed funding arrangements for ...More Button

Question No. 624 answered with Question No. 609.More Button

Rental Accommodation Standards

Was asked: if SI 17 of 2017 Housing (Standards for Rented Houses) applies to management companies of apartment blocks; the standard to which a suitable fire detection and alarm system must conform; and if he ...More Button

All properties let, or available to let, must comply with the Housing (Standards for Rented Houses) Regulations.  All landlords have a legal obligation to ensure that their rented properties comply...More Button