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Murphy, Eoghan

Thursday, 4 April 2019

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.

Ceisteanna ar Reachtaíocht a Gealladh - Questions on Promised Legislation (Continued)

I thank the Deputy for the question. It is somewhat hypocritical questioning how we fund Irish Water and have security of funding for Irish Water, given that certain Members of the House and certa...More Button

Quarrying Sector

Was asked: the maximum depth allowable for excavation of a quarry; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

My Department issued Guidelines to Planning Authorities on Quarrying and Ancillary Activities in April 2004, offering guidance on planning for the quarrying industry, both in the adoption of develo...More Button

Under the guidelines, there is no maximum depth suggested in relation to the excavation of quarries. Decisions on whether to grant planning permission for a quarry is a matter for the relevant pl...More Button

In this connection, it should be noted that a person is not entitled solely by reasons of a planning permission to carry out development and that other specific requirements relating to the quarr...More Button

Legislative Reviews

Was asked: the status of the legislative review process regarding the holding of plebiscites by certain local authorities; when the associated regulations will be laid before the Houses of the Oireachtas for ...More Button

State Bodies Data

Was asked: the number and percentage of women on each State board under the remit of his Department on 8 March 2016 and 8 March 2019, respectively; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The following table outlines the number and percentage of women on each State board, under the remit of my Department, as of 8 March 2016 and again at 8 March 2019. The table identifies boards that...More Button

Water Meters

Was asked: if he will address a matter (details supplied) regarding a meter swap out; and if he will make a statement on the matter.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.  Water metering is an opera...More Button

Irish Water has established a dedicated team to deal with representations and queries from public representatives.  The team can be contacted via email to or by telepho...More Button

Housing Issues

Was asked: the reason Ireland has not signed up to Article 31 of the European Social Charter; the work being undertaken to ensure that ratification of this article is being progressed; and when Ireland will b...More Button

Ireland ratified the Revised European Social Charter on 4 November 2000. At that time Ireland accepted 92 of the 98 paragraphs of the Revised Charter. Three of those paragraphs not accepted by Irel...More Button

The issue of the right to housing was debated in Dáil Eireann and Seanad Éireann in September 2017.  Arising from this, a motion to refer the Eighth Report of the Convention on the Constitution, ...More Button

The matter of ratifying Article 31 of the Revised European Social Charter will be considered further after the Joint Committee has considered the matter.More Button

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the recent report of the UN special rapporteur (details supplied) on the right to adequate housing; his views on same; and if he will make a statement on the matt...More Button

I assume the Deputy is referring to the Joint Communication from the Special Procedures of the UN Human Rights Council dated 22 March 2019, which has been received by my Department.

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Traveller Accommodation

Was asked: the funding provided for the Traveller accommodation programme to Tipperary County Council in each of the years 2011 to 2018 and to date in 2019; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Rent Pressure Zones

Was asked: his plans to extend the rent pressure zone designation periods beyond three years in Dublin and Cork from December 2019; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

On 2 April 2019, Government approved Committee Stage amendments to the Residential Tenancies (Amendment) (No 2) Bill 2018,  which will, among other measures, see the designation of Rent Pressure Zo...More Button

Homeless Accommodation Funding

Was asked: his plans to publish the annual breakdown of expenditure on homeless services for 2018; and the reason for the delay in the publication of this report.More Button

My Department does not provide funding for services directly but provides funding to housing authorities towards operational costs for homeless accommodation and related services.  Under funding ar...More Button

Homeless Persons Data

Was asked: the number of homeless children here; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

My Department publishes a monthly report on homelessness. The monthly report is based on data provided by housing authorities and produced through the Pathway Accommodation & Support System (PA...More Button

Local Authority Housing Funding

Was asked: if funding is available to local authorities in respect of extensions to local authority houses based on medical circumstances and overcrowding; if so, the percentage at which the funding is provid...More Button

My Department provides funding under the Disabled Persons Grants (DPG) scheme to local authorities for adaptations and extensions to their existing social housing stock to meet the needs of local a...More Button

My Department provides 90% funding towards the cost of the eligible works per property with the remaining 10% being provided by the local authorities. The local authority can carry out works up t...More Button

My Department is currently finalising the funding requirements for all local authorities under the scheme in 2019; in the meantime they have been advised to continue with the programme pending th...More Button