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Wednesday, 20 February 2019

Dáil Éireann Debate
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Social and Affordable Housing

Asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government: when the new affordable housing scheme will be published; the income limits of the new scheme; the local authorities which will be using the scheme; when it will be available for applications; the ...More Button

Will the Minister give the House an update on the affordable housing scheme that his Department officials have been working on? I ask, in particular, for as much detail as possible of income limit...More Button

Last year, the ESRI, in conjunction with the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government, published important research on housing affordability. While it was found that overall 32% of ren...More Button

We need to start knowing the prices as well. For instance, we are hearing the price for Enniskerry Road will be 80% of market rent. That is nowhere close to affordable for the income brackets o...More Button

Social and Affordable Housing (Continued)

Perhaps. It is on the same subject.More Button

I have two supplementary questions. First, can the Minister clarify whether the regulations he has been speaking about will cover the cost-rental model, as well as affordable purchase? I have a g...More Button

I urge the Minister not to proceed with this draconian measure. I urge him to come before the housing committee and have a reasoned discussion with us about this because he is not being given the ...More Button

The Minister has this wrong. I have no difficulty if somebody for frivolous reasons rejects two offers and receives a punishment - that is not a problem. However, there is more to this than the...More Button

Local authority elected members have to approve the scheme of lettings. Will this override decisions of local authority officers or elected members or is there a recommendation to that effect?More Button

Traveller Accommodation

Asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government: the rationale for the 44% underspend in the Traveller accommodation budget for 2018; and the efforts he is making to ensure there is a 100% draw-down of funding by local authorities in 2019. More Button

I acknowledge the good work the Minister of State is doing on the issue, particularly in the establishment of the expert group. However, I am increasingly concerned by the underspend year on year....More Button

As I would only have approximately 30 seconds to do so, I am happy to receive a written answer.More Button

Traveller Accommodation (Continued)

My concern is that the situation is getting worse year on year. For example, the worst ever underspend since the Traveller accommodation programmes were introduced was in 2017 and now we discover ...More Button

Housing Data

Asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government: his views on the Central Statistics Office, CSO, house build completion data for 2018; and the steps he is taking to ensure house building targets for 2019 are reached in view of the fact the 2018 ...More Button

The CSO released the house completion figures the week before last. They are a good set of figures, which I welcome, and I also welcome any increase in private and public sector house building. M...More Button

I want to correct one thing the Minister said. The target in Rebuilding Ireland is not to reach 25,000 units by 2020 and 2021. The target in the plan is to "ensure that an average of 25,000 homes...More Button

Housing Data (Continued)

On the basis of that target - it is a direct quote - the Government is 43% behind halfway through the plan. Somebody changed the wording of my question and it does not reflect the original wording...More Button

Rebuilding Ireland is crystal clear and the direct quote comes from both the plan and the Rebuilding Ireland website. It states, "to ensure that an average of 25,000 homes are produced every year ...More Button

I am quoting the plan.More Button

Absolutely.More Button

That is not what the plan states.More Button

The plan is 43% behind target. Is the Minister accepting that the Government will not meet its own target?More Button

Is the Minister accepting that the Government will not reach its target?More Button

As it is 43% behind target, it is not working.More Button

It is 43% behind target.More Button

  Question No. 30 answered with Question No. 27.More Button

Approved Housing Bodies

Asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government: the efforts being made to have approved housing bodies reclassified as off balance sheet. More Button

Water Services

Asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government: the status of the reform of water services including the creation of a single utility and a referendum to enshrine water in public ownership.More Button

Homeless Accommodation Provision

Asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government: the status of the quality standards framework inspection regime for emergency homeless accommodation; and when the framework will be in place.More Button

EU Directives

Asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government: the details of the recently initiated infringement proceedings by the EU Commission against Ireland for breaches of the water framework directive; the nature of the infringements; and if he will ma...More Button

Social and Affordable Housing Eligibility

Asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government: if he is considering or has decided to suspend the social housing applicant file for five years for persons who have refused two offers of accommodation; and if so, the basis on which this decision...More Button

Local Government Fund

Asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government: the level of funding within the Local Government Fund in each of the years 1999 to 2018, in tabular form; and the details of each component of the funding in gross and percentage terms.More Button

Asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government: the level of funding to the Local Government Fund in each of the years 1999 to 2018, in tabular form; and the details of gross increases or decreases in funding and the real terms percentage expres...More Button

Local Authority Funding

Asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government: the funding provided to local government by funding from the Local Government Fund, commercial rates and other sources of funding in both gross and percentage terms.More Button