Written Answers. - Derelict Houses.

Wednesday, 29 January 1997

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 474 No. 1

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  117.  Mr. N. Ahern  Information on Noel Ahern  Zoom on Noel Ahern   asked the Minister for the Environment  Information on Brendan Howlin  Zoom on Brendan Howlin   if he will introduce powers to take action where houses in residential areas are left unoccupied for years and cause great nuisance and dampness to neighbours, in view of the fact that the derelict sites legislation cannot be currently used if the house is basically intact. [2569/97]

Minister of State at the Department of the Environment (Ms McManus): Information on Liz McManus  Zoom on Liz McManus  Under the Derelict Sites Act, 1990, local authorities were given an extensive range of new powers to deal with derelict sites, which are defined in that Act as including any lands which detract from, or are likely to detract from, the amenity of any land in the neighbourhood because of the existence on the land of ruinous, derelict or dangerous buildings or because of the neglected, unsightly or objectionable condition of any structures on the land in question.

Having regard to the scope of these powers, it is not clear that there is a need for further legislative proposals in this area.

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