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Wednesday, 11 December 2019

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.

Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions

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Local Authority Rates

Asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government: the engagement he has had with the eight local authorities that have seen a combined loss of revenue of €20.9 million arising from the revaluation of commercial rates to Irish Water; and if additio...More Button

As the Minister is aware, the recalculation of the Irish Water rates compensation for local authorities has resulted in eight local authorities losing a significant amount of revenue for this year....More Button

I thank the Minister of State for his response and the clarification. I accept that the valuation process is fully independent and the consequences for the local authorities arise from that. What...More Button

Could the Minister of State provide more information in terms of the once-off compensatory payment for the two local authorities? To put this in context, if one looks at Dublin City Council, for...More Button

Local Authority Rates (Continued)

As I am sure the Minister of State will be aware, the vast majority of the funding for the white-water rafting facility in Dublin City Council will come from central government-----More Button

-----and his party colleagues, as well as my party colleagues, supported the scheme. I do not know much about the background to the matter, however, and will leave it where it is.More Button

One of the difficulties with the revaluation process, although it is unique because of the nature of Irish Water, is that if there is too long a gap between revaluations, there can be significant...More Button

I am not clear on what the Minister of State stated in respect of compensatory payments for Waterford City and County Council and Wicklow County Council. Will they get an additional compensatory...More Button

Social and Affordable Housing Provision

Asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government: the status of the delivery of affordable homes to rent and buy in the Poolbeg strategic development zone, SDZ, the Clonburris SDZ and St. Michael's Estate, Inchicore, Dublin 8; the details of the f...More Button

Affordable housing projects will begin at important sites such as Poolbeg, St. Michael's Estate and other locations in the State. One of the concerns many of us have is what the price of the renta...More Button

Social and Affordable Housing Provision (Continued)

I welcome that we are beginning to move in the direction of genuine affordability, in rental and purchase. I will, however, make some observations. I believe it is a mistake to think about the pr...More Button

Likewise with rents, many of us are concerned that with the St. Michael's estate the European Investment Bank, EIB, finance is only for 25 or 30 years. To get those rents down below €900 - which...More Button

It is important to acknowledge, however, that affordable cost rental across Europe looks at 40-year plus loans and not the 25 to 30-year loans the EIB is providing for St. Michael's. For the Ennis...More Button

The difficulty with the Clonburris prices is that we must find affordable homes priced between €170,000 and €250,000 to meet the needs of people who are currently applying and being accepted for ...More Button

Nor would I ask the Minister to do that.More Button

Constitutional Amendments

As a co-sponsor of the Bill and a member of the Oireachtas Committee on Housing, Planning and Local Government I want to believe the Minister but I simply do not.More Button

Constitutional Amendments (Continued)

The reason is that we have been given three separate deadlines by the Minister's Department for when that text will be available. The latest was in the communication the Minister just mentioned in...More Button

We have given the Minister two and a half years to come up with his amendments. All we are asking for are the amendments. I do not accept that it takes two and a half years to produce the alter...More Button

We have given the Minister our wording.More Button

The Minister wants to change it. He has to-----More Button

We just want the Minister’s amendments. Has a referendum Bill ever taken this long to produce? The Minister is breaking a record.More Button

That is the Minister’s responsibly and the Attorney General’s. That is disingenuous.More Button

I do not have an Attorney General in my back pocket.More Button

Did any referendum Bill take two and half years?More Button

Building Regulations Compliance

Asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government: if he will consider introducing a one stop shop for homeowners who discover latent defects that would provide information, advice, mediation and adjudication to ensure that, in the first instance, ...More Button

Local Authority Housing Waiting Lists

Asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government: the status of the summary of the 2019 social housing needs assessment.More Button

Home Loan Scheme

Asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government: the most up-to-date figures on the Rebuilding Ireland home loan scheme; the number of loans applied for; the number of loans approved; the number drawn down; and the average loan amount in the thre...More Button

Rental Sector Strategy

Asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government: the way in which he plans to fund the affordable cost-rental project in St Michael’s Estate, Inchicore, Dublin 8; and if the rents can be brought below €900 per month.More Button