Written Answers - Local Authority Housing.

Tuesday, 12 April 2005

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 600 No. 1

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  1093.  Mr. Morgan  Information on Arthur Morgan  Zoom on Arthur Morgan   asked the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government  Information on Dick Roche  Zoom on Dick Roche   if it is correct that in future local authority tenants who are being de-tenanted because of refurbishment of flats complexes and so on will not be given priority in new accommodation; if any memorandum on this matter has been issued by the Department to city and county managers; if so, the contents of such a memorandum; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [10619/05]

Minister of State at the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government (Mr. N. Ahern): Information on Noel Ahern  Zoom on Noel Ahern  The detenanting of dwellings that are to be subject to refurbishment works is a [667]matter for local authorities and my Department has no function in the matter. My Department, in design guidelines issued to local authorities in 1999 on refurbishment works undertaken under the remedial works scheme, states that the issue of whether tenants should remain in occupation of their dwellings during refurbishment work or be relocated is a matter for consideration by the local authority. I am not aware of any particular difficulty in respect of the transfer of tenants whose dwellings are being refurbished and my Department has not communicated with local authorities generally in this regard.

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