Molloy, Robert

Thursday, 5 April 2001

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 534 No. 2

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Ceisteanna–Questions. Priority Questions. - Local Authority Housing.

The results of the statutory assessment of housing needs undertaken by local authorities at the end of March 1999 indicated a total of 39,176 households in need of local authority housing. From ongoin...More Button

The question relates to an estimate of the number of applicants. There is only one figure, that is, the statutory assessment, which, as the Deputy will be aware, is carried out on a three year basis. ...More Button

The statutory assessment will be made in 2002. It is a very comprehensive, complex and detailed investigation of each applicant on the list. It is only in that way one can get an accurate figure. I ha...More Button

—which is due in 2002.More Button

We have laid out an extensive house building programme. I referred to a local authority house building programme to build 25,000 houses over the next four years. I am satisfied that will be achieved, ...More Button

We do not know—More Button

We cannot know until we carry out the statutory assessment. We can all make guesses.More Button

Other Questions. - Housing Aid for the Disabled.

I assume the Deputy is referring to the disabled persons grant scheme which is administered by local authorities in accordance with the legal framework laid down in section 6 of the Housing (Miscellan...More Button

I fully agree with the points made by the Deputy and am fully aware that undue delays have been caused by requirements at local authority level that there be a report from an occupational therapist. T...More Button

The scheme is very flexible and it is a matter of how it is being operated. The obligation on the local authority is merely to ensure the work proposed adequately meets the needs of the applicant, be ...More Button

Written Answers. - Action Plan on Homelessness.

The Dublin action plan on homelessness has been finalised and adopted by three of the four Dublin local authorities and the Eastern Regional Health Authority. I understand the plan is due to be consid...More Button

Written Answers. - Taxi Licences.

I propose to take Questions Nos. 13 and 26 together. The Road Traffic (Public Service Vehicles) (Amendment) (No. 3) Regulations, 2000, establish a revised regime for taxi licensing. The regulations do...More Button

Written Answers. - Local Authority Housing.

Capital funding for the acquisition by local authorities of land for housing purposes is available by borrowings from the Housing Finance Agency. Local authorities can also fund land acquisition cost...More Button

Part V of the Planning and Development Act, 2000, was commenced with effect from 1 November last. In accordance with section 94 of the Act, planning authorities have until the end of July this year to...More Button

Written Answers. - Traffic Regulations.

I propose to take Questions Nos. 21 and 41 together. As indicated in reply to Question No. 406 of 20 March 2000, the standard speed limit for built-up urban areas is currently 30 mph. However, there i...More Button

A submission has been made to my Department which includes a proposal for the introduction of a new form of colour coded roadway marking to depict maximum speed limits on particular roads. My Departme...More Button

Written Answers. - Road Safety.

I propose to take Questions Nos. 24 and 36 together. The Government Strategy for Road Safety 1998-2002, the first ever national road safety strategy to be adopted by the Irish Government, has prioriti...More Button

Written Answers. - Driving Tests.

I propose to take Questions Nos. 27 and 94 together. Preparations for a driver theory testing service, which is being procured on a PPP basis, are being advanced, and the award of the contract should ...More Button

Written Answers. - Private Rented Sector.

Government proposals for major reforms in the private rented residential sector, announced on 5 January last, took on board the majority of the recommendations of the Commission on the Private Rented ...More Button

Written Answers. - Road Signage.

I propose to take Questions Nos. 31 and 34 together.More Button

Written Answers. - Housing Forum.

The housing forum has met on four occasions to date and the next meeting is scheduled for 10 May 2001. It was agreed in the Programme for Prosperity and Fairness that the forum would meet quarterly ov...More Button

Written Answers. - Local Authority Housing.

I refer to my reply to Question No. 293 of 3 April 2001. Question No. 41 answered with Question No. 21.More Button

Written Answers. - National Economic and Social Forum Report.

The report of the National Economic and Social Forum – Social and Affordable Housing and Accommodation: Building the Future, its recommendations and policy implications are being examined in detail by...More Button

Written Answers. - Local Authority Housing.

I propose to take Questions Nos. 43 and 45 together. The results of the statutory assessment of housing needs undertaken by local authorities at the end of March 1999 indicated a total of 39,176 house...More Button

Written Answers. - Housing Aid for the Elderly.

While the Comptroller and Auditor General's report found, in general, that expenditure under the scheme represented good value for money when set against the potential alternative of having to provide...More Button

Written Answers. - Local Authority Housing.

I have approved the revised scheme of letting priorities submitted by Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council and the local authority was informed on 26 March last.More Button

Written Answers. - Annual Housing Statistics.

The annual housing statistics bulletin 2000 will be published shortly.More Button

Written Answers. - Interest Rates.

Certain fixed interest rate loans issued by local authorities prior to 1988 carry rates in excess of current levels. These fixed interest rates reflect the cost of long-term funds prevailing at the ti...More Button

Written Answers. - Driver Testing.

At 1 January 2001 it is estimated that some 345,000 provisional licences were current. This compares to an estimated 380,000 provisional licences current at 1 January 2000. The Government strategy for...More Button

Written Answers. - Bull Bars.

Under Directive 74/483, bull bars and other exterior projections to motor vehicles are covered by an EU wide type approval arrangement. Provided a manufacturer has obtained type approval under this ar...More Button

Written Answers. - Driving Licence Regulations.

Driving licence regulations provide that a certificate of competency, or in practice, the passing of a driving test under my Department's auspices, shall not be required in the case of Defence Forces ...More Button

The average waiting times for a driving test over the last two years, in the test centres in the Dublin area are set out in the following table. It is anticipated that the target of ten weeks longest ...More Button

Written Answers. - Local Authority Housing.

I propose to take Questions Nos. 102 and 107 together.More Button

Written Answers. - Shared Ownership Loans.

The administration of the shared ownership scheme is a matter for each local authority, which should have procedures in place to ensure that applications are dealt with as quickly as possible. I am aw...More Button

Written Answers. - Local Authority Housing.

Figures in relation to the number of local authority houses completed or acquired in 2000 for each local authority area are currently being compiled in my Department and will be included in the annual...More Button


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