Ahern, Noel

Thursday, 29 April 2004

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 584 No. 4

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Order of Business.

Is this a Second Stage speech?More Button

Question put: “That the proposal for dealing with No. 23 be agreed to.”
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Question put: “That the proposal for taking No. 22a without debate be agreed to.”
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Twenty-seventh Amendment of the Constitution Bill 2004: Report and Final Stages.

Question put.
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Statement for Information of Voters: Motion.

Question put.
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Priority Questions.

If a Member is about to sprint down from his or her office, can we wait for 30 seconds?More Button

Priority Questions - Local Authority Housing.

The recent housing data report published by the Central Statistics Office, based on the replies to individual census returns for the 2002 census, indicated that the number of occupied rented local aut...More Button

The number of occupied local authority dwellings has gone up, although not by large amounts. Ten years ago the figure was 93,000; it has gone up each year and now stands at more than 104,000. In a ten...More Button

Priority Questions - National Spatial Strategy.

The Government has put measures in place at national, regional and local levels aimed at achieving the strategy’s objective of more balanced regional development through a better spread of economic ac...More Button

I welcome the Deputy’s comments regarding his pleasure at what is happening, but these are still early days. It is meant to be a 20 year strategy and will not happen overnight. Through Departments and...More Button

I hear what people are saying, but this is a long-term issue. Funding is being earmarked and prioritised towards projects in the regions. Not every region will be able to access the funds in the first...More Button

Some of my own colleagues and constituents might not be quite as committed to it as the Government. There is no doubt about the commitment when one looks at the expenditure priorities. I see the effec...More Button

I do not know the answer to that. It might be more properly directed to the Minister for Finance. There is a general drive in every Department about directing finance. I will ask to have that matter c...More Button

Priority Questions - Water and Sewerage Schemes.

Excellent progress is being made nationally in the provision of waste water treatment facilities to meet the requirements of the EU urban waste water treatment directive. Since 2000, waste water colle...More Button

I understand it is being treated as a matter of urgency. There was a change of plan by Fingal County Council and as I said in the reply, there will now be only one plant. The scheme is being construct...More Button

They cater for the equivalent of 30,000 people, with scope for expansion up to 100,000, so they are looking at it from a long-term perspective.More Button

It is being designed and built so the capacity can easily be increased if required later.More Button

Priority Questions - Planning Issues.

I propose to take Questions Nos. 10, 33 and 145 together. In accordance with normal practice, the guidelines for planning authorities on sustainable rural housing have been issued in draft form to giv...More Button

That is what the guidelines set out to achieve. It is about trying to bring balance between accommodating rural housing needs and protecting the quality of the environment. However, if a planning appl...More Button

Submissions have been invited. The closing date is tomorrow. After that, the Minister will consider them and will issue ministerial planning guidelines under section 28 of the 2000 Act. That provides ...More Button

I believe everybody and anybody has been invited to make their submissions.More Button

I am sure all the critical people are included in that. As to whether individual meetings have taken place with other people, I do not think so. I do not know, but all the submissions will be consider...More Button

That is the way it is, and not just at any one level. People must take note of them and give effect to them at development plan stage and also with each individual application. Good planning standards...More Button

That would depend on what stage the plan is at. Some local authorities might be more advanced than others. However, whether they are new or old councillors, they will have to take account of ministeri...More Button

There is supposed to be one law for all of us. Planning is dealt with at local level. What the Government and the Minister do is lay down the basic framework. The guidelines are supposed to influence ...More Button

Written Answers - House Prices.

I propose to take Questions Nos. 12, 19, 30 and 48 together. The unprecedented demand for housing, fuelled mainly by rapid economic growth and demographic changes, has been the major driver of house p...More Button

Written Answers - Social and Affordable Housing.

I propose to take Questions Nos. 13 and 60 together. The affordable housing initiative under the Sustaining Progress partnership agreement is designed to meet the needs of persons currently priced out...More Button

Written Answers - Local Authority Housing.

I propose to take Questions Nos. 14 and 69 together. The results of the statutory assessment of local authority housing need, which was undertaken by local authorities in March 2002, indicated that a ...More Button

Written Answers - Traveller Accommodation.

Under their five year Traveller accommodation programmes, local authorities provide accommodation for Travellers in Traveller specific accommodation, such as group houses and halting site bays, and in...More Button

Written Answers - Local Authority Housing.

Lone parents and persons on low income who are unable to provide housing for themselves from their own resources are entitled to apply for social housing which is provided by either a local authority ...More Button

Written Answers - Planning Issues.

I propose to take Questions Nos. 22 and 24 together. Section 33 of the Planning and Development Act 2000 provides that regulations regarding applications for permission may be made requiring, inter al...More Button

On 23 January 2003, the European Commission issued Ireland with a reasoned opinion to the effect that the €20 fee for the making of a submission on a planning application which requires environmental ...More Button

Written Answers - Development Contribution Schemes.

I propose to take Questions Nos. 28 and 70 together. Development contributions are attached as conditions of planning permission by local authorities in accordance with schemes adopted democratically ...More Button

Written Answers - Housing Aid for the Elderly.

In recognition of the valuable work being done, funding for this scheme has been maintained at a high level with a provision of €11.6 million for 2004. This will enable health boards to continue a hig...More Button

Written Answers - Service Charges.

The Government’s national water services pricing policy framework requires local authorities to recover the cost of providing water services from the users of these services, with the exception of hou...More Button

Written Answers - Local Government Reform.

Recent years have seen a major local government modernisation programme with constitutional recognition and guaranteed local elections; record levels of funding; strengthened political and management ...More Button

Written Answers - Planning Issues.

The retail planning guidelines prescribe a maximum floor area of 6,000 sq. m. gross retail floor space for large scale single retail warehouse development. This aspect of the guidelines is being revie...More Button

Written Answers - House Prices.

I propose to take Questions Nos. 53, 64 and 71 together. My Department continues to examine possible measures aimed at moderating land costs for housing and other essential public infrastructure. The ...More Button

Written Answers - Homeless Agency.

The publication of the outcome of the count in question is a matter for the homeless agency. It is a matter in respect of which I have no function.More Button

Written Answers - Homeless Strategy.

The Government is firmly committed to tackling the issue of homelessness. I am not aware of a shortfall of €20 million in the funding for the strategy in 2004. My Department’s provision for the recoup...More Button

Written Answers - Grant Payments.

The final deadline for occupation and receipt of claim for payment of the new house grant was 2 April 2004. This statutory condition, which was published in the main daily newspapers on 27 March 2004,...More Button

Written Answers - Social and Affordable Housing.

I refer to the reply to Question No. 789 of 27 April 2004.More Button

Written Answers - Local Authority Housing.

I propose to take Questions Nos. 141, 144 and 150 together. I refer the Deputy to my reply to Questions Nos. 14 and 69 for today.More Button

Written Answers - Social and Affordable Housing.

The results of the statutory assessment of local authority housing need, which was undertaken by local authorities in March 2002, indicated that a total of 48,413 households were in need of housing. D...More Button

Written Answers - Grant Payments.

I refer the Deputy to my reply to Question No. 4 for today.More Button


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