Tuesday, 7 December 2004
Dáil Eireann Debate
440. Mr. Durkan asked the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government if his Department provided funds to Kildare County Council for housing purposes in the past 12 months; if insufficient funds were allocated thereby causing delays in the restoration of fire damaged dwellings; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [32553/04]
Minister of State at the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government (Mr. N. Ahern): My Department has allocated €19.250 million to Kildare County Council in 2004 for its housing construction-acquisition programme which includes expenditure on Traveller accommodation. The cost of work to fire damaged dwellings is a matter to be funded from the county council’s own resources and the proceeds of insurance claims.
441. Mr. S. Ryan asked the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government if he will report on the application from Fingal County Council for an Exchequer grant towards the cost of installing central heating in its local authority houses; and if the application will be expedited as a matter of urgency. [32554/04]
Minister of State at the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government (Mr. N. Ahern): Arrangements are being made at present to process the full payment claim of €445,021 from Fingal County Council under the 2004 central heating programme.
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