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Murphy, Eoghan

Tuesday, 9 October 2018

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.

Social and Affordable Housing

Was asked: the circumstances that gave rise to the delays in construction of social houses at a company (details supplied); the way in which tenders were awarded to a firm that had significant debt; if a vult...More Button

Was asked: the circumstances that gave rise to the delay in finishing social housing projects connected with a company (details supplied); his plans to finish these units; and if a vulture fund is involved in...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 509 and 519 together.More Button

A number of social housing projects with the same main contractor have been impacted when the contractor ceased operation on site. I understand that since then, an interim examiner has been appo...More Button

It is the local authorities and approved housing bodies who are the contracting parties in the cases of the social housing projects and they are therefore dealing directly with the issues arising...More Button

Precautionary measures are always taken to safeguard public construction projects, including assessing a tenderer's financial and economic standing as part of procurement. Thereafter, public con...More Button

As Minister, I have no role in the commercial operations or decisions of the private company concerned and it would not be appropriate for me to comment on this aspect.More Button

Land Development Agency

Was asked: if the ownership of Columb Barracks will transfer in its entirety to the Land Development Agency or only the land planned for housing development in view of the recent announcement concerning Colum...More Button

The recently established Land Development Agency will act as a new commercial State body to actively manage the development of public land in a way that will make a major contribution to tackling t...More Button

The Agency has a potentially very significant and wider role to play in not only addressing the pressures in the housing sector in the short to medium term but in the longer-term to enable the ur...More Button

The agency has access to an initial tranche of eight sites with significant potential to add a further pipeline of public sites that have near term delivery potential for 3,000 new homes and an a...More Button

I understand that discussions are in train between the agency and the Department of Defence with a view to agreeing a memorandum of understanding in relation to Columb Barracks, and that a feasib...More Button

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 37 of 27 September 2018, the 30 sites referred to as projects supported by the local infrastructure housing activation fund by county, in tabular form. More Button

The Local Infrastructure Housing Activation Fund is designed to activate housing supply by putting in place the enabling public infrastructure necessary to ensure that large scale development can t...More Button

Wind Energy Guidelines

Was asked: when the new national guidelines for wind energy will be published; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

My Department is currently undertaking a focused review of the 2006 wind energy development guidelines. As part of the overall review, a strategic environmental assessment, SEA, is being undertake...More Button

SEA is a process by which environmental considerations are required to be fully integrated into the preparation of plans and programmes which act as frameworks for development consent, prior to t...More Button

When finalised, the revised Guidelines will be issued under Section 28 of the Planning and Development Act 2000, as amended. Planning authorities and, where applicable, An Bord Pleanála must hav...More Button

Regeneration Projects

Was asked: if it is his policy that complex regeneration projects will ensure that 60% of the development on public owned land will be for private sale at market prices; his views on the regeneration project ...More Button

To support the work of the newly established Land Development Agency, LDA, the Government has agreed new policies requiring that a minimum of 30% of public lands coming forward for redevelopment an...More Button

These new policies will ensure more social housing delivery, more affordable housing delivery and more housing supply in general which is crucial in easing the prices and rents associated with ne...More Button

As regards the regeneration project in Emmet Road, Inchicore, Dublin 8, this is separate from the projects being advanced by the LDA and is one of three significant sites being brought forward by...More Button

Mixed-tenure developments are an important policy objective of Rebuilding Ireland and uphold the principle of sustainable mixed communities, where housing needs are not subject to rigid segregati...More Button

While the final tenure mix on the Emmet Road site will be decided by Dublin City Council and informed by the detailed site development process, it will likely include 140 social housing homes, wi...More Button

Dublin City Council has appointed a dedicated project manager and a project team to drive the project forward. In addition to pre-existing consultative arrangements, the council is also facilita...More Button

Social and Affordable Housing Data

Was asked: the number of households that were dropped from the housing list due to exceeding the income limits to qualify for social housing in the period pertaining to the statistics (details supplied); his ...More Button

The Summary of Social Housing Assessment, SSHA, process requires all housing authorities to review those households who are on their housing list but who are not currently in receipt of housing sup...More Button

Was asked: the number of one-off rural social houses built in each local authority area in each of the years 2007 to 2017.More Button

Was asked: the estimated number of one-off rural social houses which will be built in each local authority area in 2018.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 523 and 524 together.

  Data on the number of social homes delivered by local authorities is published on my Department's website at the followin...More Button

Housing Assistance Payment

Was asked: if HAP and similar rental assistance payments for 2018 and for 2019 will be estimated in terms of State spending; his policy in terms of maximum expenditure in these categories; and if he will make...More Button

Was asked: his views on whether HAP and similar payments provide no return for the State in that they are not adding to supply that is to either the national housing stock or State owned housing stock; and if...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 514 and 515 together.More Button

The Housing Assistance Payment (HAP) provides fast, flexible housing support to households in an area of their choice. Individuals with a housing need, who in the past were reluctant to avail of ...More Button

Budget 2018 increased the Exchequer funding for the HAP scheme by €149m to €301 million. This will allow for the continued support of existing HAP households and also enable the additional 17,000...More Button

The Homeless HAP Place Finder Service is a targeted support for homeless households who are finding it difficult to secure HAP tenancies. The Place Finder Service has been successfully utilised b...More Button

The Homeless HAP Place Finder Service is now available to each of the 31 local authorities, with the options to pay deposits and advance rental payments for any households in emergency homeless a...More Button

A critical focus of Rebuilding Ireland is to intensify the provision of long term local authority and Approved Housing Body (AHB) stock, particularly to accelerate new build activity. However, th...More Button

We are delivering on and in fact exceeding on both the 50,000 and the 87,000 targets. The targets under Rebuilding Ireland were carefully set against the reality of deliverables and by 2021 we wi...More Button

At the end of Quarter 2 2018, over 37,750 tenancies were being supported by the HAP scheme, including over 9,000 additional households in 2018. I continue to keep the operation of HAP under revi...More Button

European Court of Human Rights Rulings

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 530 of 25 September 2018, if his attention has been drawn to the fact that this timeline is different to that stated in correspondence to a person (details sup...More Button

I refer to the reply to Parliamentary Question No. 530 of 25 September 2018.More Button

As indicated in my previous reply, the working group referred to has concluded its deliberations and, taking account of the group's analysis and recommended outcome, my Department has been engagi...More Button

Housing Adaptation Grant Eligibility

Was asked: the reason household income limits apply in respect of the disabled person's grant in cases in which the disabled person is an adult and has no income other than disability allowance in view of the...More Button

The application of a household means test in relation to the housing adaptation grants for older people and people with a disability is designed to achieve fairness and value for money, while focus...More Button

For the purposes of the housing adaptation grant for people with a disability, household income is calculated as the annual gross income of the registered property owner together with all househo...More Button

The detailed administration of the grants, including the assessment, approval and payment of individual grants to applicants, is the responsibility of the relevant local authority. Local authori...More Button

Vacant Properties Data

Was asked: the number of vacant properties in the ownership of Tipperary County Council by district; the length of time the houses are vacant; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the number of vacant council houses in counties Mayo and Sligo on 20 September 2018; the number in towns and villages, respectively in the county; the details of rural council houses vacant; and if...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 518 and 528 together.

  My Department does not keep data on the number of vacant or void local authority houses at a particular point in time. H...More Button

  Question No. 519 answered with Question No. 509.More Button

Emergency Accommodation Data

Was asked: the number of beds in homeless accommodation; if they are supported temporary accommodation, temporary emergency accommodation or other available specifically for young persons leaving care in each...More Button

My Department’s role in relation to homelessness involves the provision of a national framework of policy, legislation and funding to underpin the role of housing authorities in addressing homeless...More Button

Responsibility for young people leaving care falls under the remit of my colleague, the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs. More Button

Was asked: the number of beds in homeless accommodation; if they are supported temporary accommodation, temporary emergency accommodation or other available specifically for persons leaving prison in each of ...More Button

My Department’s role in relation to homelessness involves the provision of a national framework of policy, legislation and funding to underpin the role of housing authorities in addressing homeless...More Button

The policy in relation to discharges from prison is a matter for my colleague, the Minister for Justice and Equality.More Button

Was asked: the number of beds in homeless accommodation; if they are supported temporary accommodation, temporary emergency accommodation or other available specifically for homeless persons leaving hospital ...More Button

My Department’s role in relation to homelessness involves the provision of a national framework of policy, legislation and funding to underpin the role of housing authorities in addressing homeless...More Button

Policy in relation to hospital discharges is a matter for my colleague, the Minister for Health.More Button

Social and Affordable Housing Provision

Was asked: if local authorities will be funded to build social housing for those on the housing waiting list that can provide a site from a family member or friend to build on; and if he will make a statement...More Button

Local authorities are funded to deliver social housing in a number of ways but there is no requirement for local authorities to deliver social houses on sites provided by an applicant approved for ...More Button

Local authorities have a number of options available to them in meeting social housing needs, and these include the provision of low cost sites to persons qualified for social housing support on ...More Button

Environmental Impact Assessments

Was asked: if a ministerial order under section 160 that an environmental impact assessment which would be mandatory under the codified EIA Directive 2011/92/EU is not required in view of the European Court o...More Button

Section 160 of the Planning and Development Act 2000, as amended (the Act), relating to unauthorised development, does not provide for a ministerial order in relation to environmental impact assess...More Button

Water Pollution

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to an instance of water contamination below ground level in an area (details supplied); if the matter has been investigated; and if he will make a statement on the m...More Button

Since 1 January 2014, Irish Water has statutory responsibility for all aspects of water services planning, delivery and operation at national, regional and local levels. While local authorities hav...More Button

The procedures to be followed where there is non-compliance with the parametric values for drinking water, and the roles of the water supplier, the EPA and the Health Services Executive, HSE, are...More Button

While my attention has not been drawn to this reported instance of water contamination, neither I nor my Department have any direct role in monitoring or supervising the delivery of water service...More Button

Question No. 528 answered with Question No. 518.More Button

Weather Events Expenditure

Was asked: the allocation of emergency funding provided for Clane, County Kildare following the significant snowfall in February and March 2018; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Since 2009, my Department has made financial support available to assist local authorities in meeting the costs of clean-up and necessary immediate works associated with the response to significant...More Button

In relation to the severe cold weather and snow that caused widespread disruption in many parts of the country in February and March this year, my Department has recouped a total of €9.398 millio...More Button

Mortgage to Rent Scheme

Was asked: the detail of the recent changes to the mortgage to rent scheme. More Button

Following a Review of the Mortgage to Rent (MTR) Scheme, published on 8 February 2017, a range of amendments to the eligibility criteria and administration of the MTR scheme came into effect to ena...More Button

Home Loan Scheme

Was asked: the number of applicants for the Rebuilding Ireland home loan scheme; the number who have been granted the requested loan; and the counties in which these applicants reside, in tabular form.More Button

As with the previous local authority home loan offerings, loan applications under the Rebuilding Ireland Home Loan are made directly to the local authority in whose area the property proposed for p...More Button

Central Statistics Office Remit

Was asked: when the responsibility will be given to the Central Statistics Office for housing output data, homeless and housing figures and other statistics in this sector; and if he will make a statement on ...More Button

My Department's Statistics and Data Analytics Unit (SDAU) recently collaborated with the Central Statistics Office (CSO) and ESB Networks to significantly enhance the production of statistics in th...More Button

As regards homelessness statistics, my Department currently publishes data on a monthly basis on the number of homeless persons accommodated in emergency accommodation funded and overseen by hous...More Button

Housing Data

Was asked: the average and total cost of non-departmental funded Part V units in 2017; if the units were new builds or existing on-site or off-site; the funding stream that purchased them; and if he will make...More Button

Agreement on Part V arrangements is a matter for local authorities. The current options available to local authorities for Part V delivery are:

  - the transfer of ownership o...More Button

Was asked: the Rebuilding Ireland social housing targets for 2018 to 2021 by local authority for build and acquisition but excluding leasing, in tabular form. More Button

The overall targets under Rebuilding Ireland for social housing build and acquisition, over the period 2018-2021, as published, are as follows:

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Was asked: the number of leased social housing units under the SCHEP and related programmes for the most recent date available by local authority, in tabular form. More Button

The Social Housing Current Expenditure Programme (SHCEP) was introduced in February 2009. Since then the programme has been expanded on a number of occasions to provide for new types of supply and...More Button

Was asked: the number of social housing units that will be made available to Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council as a result of a purchase by a company (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on...More Button

I am informed by Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council that the Part V obligation for this site has already been discharged with homes already provided in other locations.More Button

Was asked: the number of rapid build housing units that have been constructed to date and occupied; the number of additional units expected to be completed before the end of 2018; and if he will make a statem...More Button

My Department is working closely with all local authorities in relation to increasing and accelerating the delivery of a range of social housing programmes and supports, including through the use o...More Button

287 homes have been delivered using rapid build technology up to the end of Q2 this year, with a further 132 units across 6 schemes scheduled for completion before the end of the year. An additio...More Button

Local authorities have been advised that rapid build approaches should increasingly become the norm in terms of delivering social housing projects and my Department will continue to engage with l...More Button

In relation to the tenanting and allocation of social housing support to qualifying households, this is a matter for the housing authority concerned.More Button

Urban Renewal Schemes

Was asked: the details of the €972 million spent on the Ballymun regeneration project; and his views on whether the regeneration is a success.More Button

The Ballymun regeneration project spanned almost 20 years, with Departmental funding requirements first coming into play in 1999.More Button

The substantial programme, which included 24 projects, is now complete. Approximately €972 million was spent on the programme, €775.3 million of which was recouped by my Department. Ballymun is ...More Button

In addition, the programme has provided state of the art community facilities, such as the Axis theatre, and invested in neighbourhood centres to improve services. In recent years the programme ...More Button

My Department’s oversight of the regeneration projects at this location was concerned with general progress on the overall programme and it continually liaised with Dublin City Council and Ballym...More Button

It must be noted that a regeneration project goes beyond mere bricks and mortar. In order to be successful and sustainable in the long term, a regeneration project requires the re-building of a ...More Button

NAMA Social Housing Provision

Was asked: his plans to engage with Dublin City Council and NAMA, further to the motion passed recently at the council to transfer a site (details supplied) into State ownership to build cost rental and affor...More Button

I am advised that the site to which the Deputy refers is not owned by NAMA, rather the site is controlled by a receiver and NAMA is the secured creditor. I have no role or powers in relation to NA...More Button

However, I do understand that Dublin City Council are currently having discussions with NAMA in relation to the potential re-development of this land which is adjacent to Dublin City Council owne...More Button

Property Registration

Was asked: if he will address a matter regarding a mapping error in relation to a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

As previously outlined in the replies to Parliamentary Questions Nos 578 of 26 June 2018 and 1284 of 12 June 2018, the Property Registration Authority remains responsible for dealing with the matte...More Button

Rent Pressure Zones

Was asked: the changes he plans to make to the rules underpinning and operation of the rent pressure zones arising from the Review of Rent Predictability Measure - Final Report.More Button

My Department has conducted a review of the Rent Predictability Measure on the basis of the Residential Tenancies Board (RTB) rent data and a public consultation on the operation of the Rent Pressu...More Button

These measures include the intention to sanction a landlord who increases rent in contravention of the legislation and to provide the RTB with the necessary powers and resources to protect tenant...More Button

The Government approved the priority drafting of the Residential Tenancies (Amendment) Bill on 17 April 2018 and the Bill is currently being drafted as a priority by the Office of Parliamentary C...More Button

The Bill will further strengthen the effectiveness of the rent setting and rent review laws by empowering the RTB to:More Button

- investigate any contravention of the law around rent limits (4% per annum) in RPZs and to take enforcement action, if necessary, including the imposition of sanctions on landlords in breach; andMore Button

- initiate an investigation without the need for a complaint to be made.More Button

These proposed powers for the RTB are also a crucial first step in expanding the role and function of the RTB as part of a multi-annual change management programme to proactively enforce the law ...More Button

Commemorative Medals

Was asked: his plans to award a medal to those members of Dublin Fire Brigade and Ambulance Service who took part in the 1916 centenary celebrations; if a committee is considering this matter; and if he will ...More Button

Housing Adaptation Grant

Was asked: the waiting list for the housing adaptation grant and housing aid for older people scheme in counties Cavan and Monaghan in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The detailed administration of the Housing Adaptation Grants for Older People and People with a Disability, including the assessment, approval and prioritisation of grants to applicants under the v...More Button

My Department does not hold information in relation to waiting lists of individual local authorities. This information may be available directly from the local authorities.More Button

Local Infrastructure Housing Activation Fund

Was asked: the requests for funding submitted by each local authority and the drawdown of funding to each authority under the LIHAF scheme to date; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

As a key initiative of the Rebuilding Ireland Action Plan for Housing and Homelessness, the Local Infrastructure Housing Activation Fund (LIHAF) is designed to fund the provision of public off-site...More Button

Abbey Theatre

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 627 of 2 October 2018, the schedule of the quarterly meetings with Wicklow, Kildare, Meath and all Dublin local authorities since the beginning of 2018 and tho...More Button

The meetings between my Department’s Architectural and QS Advisors, to review progress and examine new proposals on social housing, are happening quarterly with all local authorities. In respect o...More Button

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 627 of 2 October 2018, the reason a single stage process was not used for this project in view of the fact that it falls under both thresholds in the criteria,...More Button

The single stage approval process was introduced on a pilot basis in early 2016 for social housing projects, with an all-in budget up to €2 million or no more than 15 units. The single stage appro...More Button

Was asked: the number of houses purchased and-or acquired by compulsory purchase order by Louth County Council in 2017 and to date in 2018; and the number of houses purchased in Drogheda, County Meath by addr...More Button

My Department publishes information on the social homes built, acquired and leased by each local authority, which is available at the following link: Button

Was asked: the procedures, checks and balances in circumstances in which there is a local authority overspend.More Button

The Local Government Act 2001, as amended by the Local Government Reform Act 2014, provides the legislative basis for the local authority budget process. It is a matter for each local authority to...More Button

Local authorities are required to adopt budgets which are sufficient to meet the expenditure arising in the year in accordance with the terms of section 10A of the City and County Management Act ...More Button

In the context of the budget process, similar to any organisation, local authorities' levels of expenditure and income are forecast based on informed judgments, assumptions and decisions. Sectio...More Button

The Local Government Audit Service provides a professional, independent audit service to local authorities. In the annual audit reports of local authorities there is a report on any spending in ...More Button

In order to enhance the financial management and audit control systems in local authorities, an audit committee, with both councillor and expert external membership, is now in place in each autho...More Button

County and City Managers' Association

Was asked: the detail of an association (details supplied); the function and role it has vis-à-vis Government; the body which funds it on a day to day basis; the amount of funding it receives annually from th...More Button

The County and City Management Association (CCMA) is the organisation through which senior managers in local government provide sectoral leadership across business and programme areas. The CCMA op...More Button

While the CCMA works closely with Government Departments and other key stakeholders on key public service delivery issues, my Department has no function in relation to its internal operations and...More Button

Legislative Programme

Was asked: when he plans to revert to the Joint Committee on Housing, Planning and Local Government in relation to the wording of the Thirty-fifth Amendment of the Constitution (Water in Public Ownership) (No...More Button

I wrote to the Chairperson of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Housing, Planning and Local Government on 11 July 2018 to provide an update on work to develop an alternative wording for a constitut...More Button

Ministerial Communications

Was asked: if there is a policy regarding ministerial use of private email for Government business in his Department; and if so, if it will be published. More Button

My Department's ICT function provides a Department secure email service. My Department has ICT Security Policies in place and requires users to not include departmental confidential information wi...More Button

Official Engagements

Was asked: if he and-or officials in his Department attended the 2018 Ryder Cup; if so, the reason they attended; the days on which they attended; the officials they met from a Ryder Cup organisation or the E...More Button

I can confirm that neither myself, nor any of my officials, attended the 2018 Ryder Cup in a work-related or official capacity.More Button

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