Molloy, Robert

Wednesday, 14 June 2000

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 521 No. 2

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Private Members' Business. - Housing Policy: Motion (Resumed).

I have addressed the House on the issue of housing on a number of occasions since the Government took office and we have had a number of constructive and well-informed debates on housing policy. Howev...More Button

Its motion is testament to the out-dated and discredited philosophy of control and regulation that we have come to expect of this Labour Party.More Button

My colleague, the Minister of State, Deputy Wallace, last night outlined the decisive measures the Government has undertaken to address house price escalation, the problem of housing affordability and...More Button

The Government's approach has already produced noteworthy results. House completions in 1999 reached a record 46,512 units nationally, almost 40% more than in 1996, the last full year the rainbow Gove...More Button

As the Minister of State, Deputy Wallace, pointed out last evening, other EU countries are now trying to get rid of any vestiges of rent control which have sent their private rented sectors into decli...More Button

Deputy Hayes also made a facile assumption in the House yesterday from a cursory examination of the numbers of new house grants paid that the numbers of first time buyers are falling.More Button

Yes, the number of new house grants being paid is falling. This is not a result of a reduction in the numbers of first time buyers in the market, but arises from a growing trend of first time purchase...More Button

My Department's survey data indi cate that in 1997 first time buyers completed 43% of all purchases nationally, but in 1999, 46% of all purchases were made by first time buyers. Thanks to the Governme...More Button

—which any suggested crash programme of local authority houses over the coming four years would require. Neither does the Labour Party at local authority level, irrespective of what their spokesman ma...More Button

The words of Deputy Higgins, who spoke a short time ago, ring very hollow when compared to the action of his Labour Party colleagues on Galway Corporation, both of whom stood alone recently in opposin...More Button

This Government, unlike the previous one, is putting the necessary investment in place to facilitate new housing output of some 400,000 houses over the period of the plan and 90,000 local authority ho...More Button

That is a cheap shot and is totally false.More Button

Written Answers. - Local Authority Housing.

Implementation and management of the shared ownership scheme is, in the first instance, a matter for the relevant housing authority. In operating the scheme, authorities should have regard to local ci...More Button

Written Answers. - Road Safety.

Irish regulations require that, subject to certain exemptions, every vehicle and every trailer attached to a vehicle should be equipped with wings or other similar devices to catch, so far as practica...More Button

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