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Murphy, Eoghan

Wednesday, 12 December 2018

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


Anti-Evictions Bill 2018: Second Stage [Private Members] (Continued)

It is important to note also on that point that representatives in the House can execute their public duties separate from their personal or private concerns. I put it to Deputy Barry that to say ...More Button

It is not. The Deputy could recuse himself from every vote to be taken, be it on tax cuts, workers' rights-----More Button

-----or whatever it may be, because he is impacted by them.More Button

On Deputy Boyd Barrett's comments, all Members deal with cases such as Elaine's, in every constituency in the State. We have a homelessness crisis and a shortage of housing. We are not massagin...More Button

In 2021, we will move away from an over-reliance on HAP - I accept there is an over-reliance - to having people accommodated in the stock of social housing. That is right and it is part of our Reb...More Button

The Government opposes the Bill. We support a number of measures in it and are progressing them. Other measures go too far and the Taoiseach was right to say that they are too extreme. Our ren...More Button

Unfortunately, there are always going to be grounds for evictions. Even people in the voluntary sector will tell us that. Evictions are not the main source for people entering into emergency ac...More Button

The Deputy said it was and it is not. We have to make a distinction between evictions and notices of termination. Even when we look at notices of termination, given the make-up of the rental sect...More Button

As a Government, we believe we can bring about greater protections for renters without undermining the supply of homes for rent. The new residential tenancies Bill does that. It does not do eve...More Button

It is important to spell out the main provisions of that forthcoming Government Bill in order that people understand what we are talking about. If someone breaches the rent caps that are in plac...More Button

In the future, we need to make sure we are protecting tenants' rights in receiverships and we will do that in a second Bill but it is more complex. We can allow for tenancies of indefinite durat...More Button

The priority legislation that was published this week and that we can debate in the Dáil in January on the first day the Business Committee allows us will enable us to bring in important protecti...More Button

Student accommodation is an important area which we have debated as well. Currently student accommodation that is let under a tenancy agreement is covered by rent caps while purpose-built studen...More Button

If this Bill were passed, it might result in a number of landlords moving to serve notices immediately. While the Deputies think it would move to help the situation, it could make it far worse, ...More Button

He does it all the time.More Button

Urban Renewal Schemes

Was asked: the status of a funding application in respect of a project (details supplied); the appeals process available for unsuccessful applicants; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The Urban Regeneration and Development Fund (URDF) was launched as part of Project Ireland 2040, to support the compact growth and sustainable development of Ireland’s five cities, regional drivers...More Button

Local Authority Staff

Was asked: if he will review a case (details supplied); the number of waste enforcement officers in Monaghan and Cavan County Councils; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Under section 159 of the Local Government Act 2001, each Chief Executive is responsible for staffing and organisational arrangements necessary for carrying out the functions of the local authority ...More Button

Parliamentary Questions Data

Was asked: the number of parliamentary questions his Department has processed in the past three years to date; the number of questions answered directly; the number of questions referred to bodies or agencies...More Button

The processing of individual Parliamentary Questions is undertaken as part of the normal day to day work of individual Sections within my Department and no staff in my Department are assigned full ...More Button

Local Authority Housing Waiting Lists

Was asked: the number of persons on the council housing waiting list for Ballyjamesduff, County Cavan; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Details on the number of households qualified for social housing support in each local authority area are provided in the statutory Summary of Social Housing Assessments (SSHA).  The most recently ...More Button

Water Pollution

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

I have no direct statutory responsibility for the investigation of specific water pollution issues as this area is a matter for the relevant local authority pursuant to the Local Government (Water ...More Button

However, in relation to the specific matter raised, I understand that the relevant local authority has, at the request of the National Pesticides and Drinking Water Action Group (NPDWAG), establi...More Button

Social and Affordable Housing Provision

Was asked: if consideration is being given to making low-cost sites available to persons in a position to afford to build their own homes in view of the ongoing housing crisis; and if he will make a statement...More Button

Local authorities already have powers to make low-cost sites available to individuals, who are qualified for social housing support, and collectively, to voluntary or co-operative not-for-profit ho...More Button

Tenancy Protection Scheme

Was asked: if a housing provider is required to issue notices to quit in cases in which homeless persons or persons who have been homeless have licence agreements in emergency, transitional or own door accomm...More Button

Section 25 of the Residential Tenancies Acts 2004-2016 disapplies its security of tenure rights under Part 4 from Approved Housing Body (AHB) tenancies of up to 18 months in duration relating to de...More Button

AHBs work closely with tenants to identify suitable dwellings for occupation under a subsequent tenancy to commence before or upon the expiry of the initial 18 month tenancy in a transitional dwe...More Button

Part 5 of the Acts provide for the termination of tenancies only, with sections 62 and 66 setting out the requirements for a valid tenancy termination notice by a landlord and the notice periods ...More Button

Accommodation let under licensing agreements does not fall within the remit of the Residential Tenancies Acts 2004-2016 which protect tenancy agreements only.  If there is any doubt as to the typ...More Button

A licence agreement does not become a tenancy agreement with the passage of time; such agreements are separate in nature.More Button

Climate Change Adaptation Plans

Was asked: if he will report on the planned industrial terminal on the Shannon Estuary; the way in which this planning fits with the Fossil Fuel Divestment Act 2018 recently passed by both Houses of the Oirea...More Button

Under section 30 of the Planning and Development Act 2000, as amended, I am, as Minister, specifically precluded from exercising any power or control in relation to any particular case with which a...More Button

The Fossil Fuel Divestment Bill 2016, which has recently been passed by the Oireachtas, falls within the remit of my colleague, the Minister for Finance.More Button

Solar Energy Guidelines

Was asked: his plans to introduce guidelines for solar farms; the process involved and associated timeframe for same; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

As is the case with the large majority of development types, there are currently no specific planning guidelines in place in respect of solar farms. Proposals for individual solar farm developments...More Button

While I am satisfied that the planning code is sufficiently robust to facilitate the assessment of individual planning permission applications for solar farm developments, the matter is being kep...More Button

On foot of this on-going engagement between the two Departments, where the need for specific planning guidance for solar farms is identified, my Department will develop such guidance as appropria...More Button

Fire Service Staff

Was asked: if he will consider introducing annual medal presentations for bravery as takes place for members of An Garda Síochána for members of the fire service both full-time and retained firefighters; and ...More Button

Persons from all walks of life and all sections of society, including staff of local authority fire services, are eligible to be nominated for an award under the National Bravery Awards. Under this...More Button

Referendum Campaigns

Was asked: if he will report on the involvement of his Department on plans for the forthcoming referendum on plebiscites in May 2019.More Button

At its meeting of 27 September, 2018, the Government agreed in principle that plebiscites would be held in Cork City Council, Limerick City and County Council, Waterford City and County Council, Ga...More Button

On 26 November, 2018, the Government approved Committee Stage Amendments providing for the holding of plebiscites as part of the Local Government Bill 2018.  The Committee Stage process concluded...More Button

My Department is also working to produce the more detailed policy proposals required. These proposals, including an analysis of the costs involved, are at an advanced stage of preparation and wil...More Button

Housing Data

Was asked: the number of permissions granted for apartments and houses, respectively in each of the four local authorities in Dublin during the period of Q1 2016 to Q2 2018; the number of houses and apartment...More Button

Was asked: the number of houses and apartments, respectively sold in each of the four local authorities in Dublin during the period of Q1 2016 to Q2 2018 by year, local authority, number of apartments sold pe...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 265 and 266 together.

  The Central Statistics Office (CSO), as the national statistical office, compiles and makes available detailed data on a ...More Button

Residential Tenancies Board Administration

Was asked: when he expects the proposed register of landlords to be initiated and available for public inspection; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The Residential Tenancies Acts 2004-2016 set out the rights and obligations of landlords and tenants in both the private rental sector and the Approved Housing Bodies (AHB) sector. The Acts provide...More Button