Finneran, Michael

Thursday, 5 February 2009

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 673 No. 4

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Stabilisation of the Public Finances: Motion (Resumed).

Question put: “That the words proposed to be deleted stand.”
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Question put: “That the motion is hereby agreed to.”
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Priority Questions - Social and Affordable Housing.

Under the social housing investment programme, local authorities have traditionally met social housing needs mainly through the construction of housing in local authority estates. In recent years, th...More Button

The moneys available to local authorities and the voluntary groups in 2009 for housing programmes is close to €1 billion. The sum for the leasing programme amounts to €20 million. The home choice lo...More Button

It will not be possible to purchase a house under the scheme as it is a leasing scheme. It will not be any different from taking a local authority house because the landlord will be the local authori...More Button

That would be entirely a matter for the local authorities involved. They will have to get suitable properties in the location corresponding to the people on their lists, and they will also have to co...More Button

No, it applies to first-time lets.More Button

Other Questions - Ministerial Responsibilities.

I propose to take Questions Nos. 7 and 58 together. Under the Environment, Heritage and Local Government (Delegation of Ministerial Functions) (No.2) Order 2008, the powers delegated to me in my capac...More Button

The matter was brought to the Department’s attention in December 2008.More Button

By the PRTB. It was brought to my attention on 22 December 2008.More Button

It was brought to the Department’s attention and then it was brought to my attention on 22 December 2008. I acted with haste and I dealt with the matter on the first sitting day of the new session in...More Button

I am not aware of any. No cases have been brought to my attention.More Button

I did not state the audit identified the problem. The audit identified there were no further problems.More Button

The matter was brought to the Department’s attention in mid-December and it was brought to my attention on 22 December. In the interim, the Department sought an audit, the results of which were made ...More Button

I acted as fast as possible when the matter came to my attention. I did not delay on it. I moved immediately but the Dáil was not in session when the matter was brought to my attention on 22 Decembe...More Button

Written Answers - Social and Affordable Housing.

As signalled by the Minister for Finance in Budget 2009, a new single streamlined Government Equity Scheme is to be introduced in relation to affordable housing. Under this new arrangement the purcha...More Button

Written Answers - Freedom of Information.

The functions of the Private Residential Tenancies Board (PRTB) are, at present, outside the scope of the Freedom of Information Act 1997 and the Ombudsman Act 1980. The Board commenced operations in ...More Button

Written Answers - Ministerial Appointments.

I propose to take Question Nos. 21, 25, 27 and 46 together. On 30 June 2008, Councillors Dessie Larkin and Vincent P. Martin were appointed as members of the Private Residential Tenancies Board (PRTB)...More Button

Written Answers - Proposed Legislation.

Work is continuing to address the outstanding issues relating to the tenant purchase of local authority apartments. I hope that legislative proposals for a viable apartment sales scheme can be finali...More Button

Written Answers - Social and Affordable Housing.

On 9 December 2008 I published preliminary results of the Housing Needs Assessment 2008 carried out in accordance with the terms of the Housing Act, 1988. The assessment took place in March 2008 and ...More Button

Where a local authority, having explored all appropriate options, is satisfied that affordable homes on hands are no longer required for that purpose, they may be used for another purpose connected wi...More Button

Written Answers - Private Rented Accommodation.

I propose to take Questions Nos. 41 and 51 together. Minimum standards for rental accommodation are prescribed by regulations made under section 18 of the Housing (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1992. ...More Button

The transfer of tenants under the rental accommodation scheme commenced in September 2005 with 606 transfers in that year. The original target was to achieve 5,000 transfers from rent supplement per ...More Button

Written Answers - Local Authority Housing.

The issues raised in the question in relation to eviction procedures have been the subject of recent court decisions which are currently under appeal to the Supreme Court and the matter is in effect s...More Button

Written Answers - Housing Regulations.

I propose to take Questions Nos. 50 and 221 together. The Housing (Home Choice Loan) Regulations 2008, which provide for the introduction of the Home Choice Loan scheme came into effect on 1 January 2...More Button

Written Answers - Private Rented Accommodation.

My Department has no function in the operational matters of the Private Residential Tenancies Board (PRTB), which is an independent statutory body established under the terms of the Residential Tenanc...More Button

Written Answers - Social and Affordable Housing.

It is a feature of the operation of the affordable housing schemes that individual authorities ordinarily have a certain quantum of completed affordable homes on hands at any given time, principally c...More Button

Written Answers - Housing Aid for the Elderly.

In line with my objective of prioritising the needs of the most vulnerable households, the financial provision secured for housing in 2009 will allow for the level of funding allocated towards housing...More Button

Written Answers - Housing Needs Assessments.

The Housing (Miscellaneous) Provisions Bill 2008, published in July 2008, provides for a new housing needs assessment process, replacing section 9 of the Housing Act 1988, which currently governs the ...More Button

Written Answers - Energy Ratings.

The Private Residential Tenancies Board (PRTB), an independent statutory body established under the terms of the Residential Tenancies Act 2004, has no function with regard to the Housing (Standards f...More Button

Written Answers - Local Authority Housing.

I propose to take Questions Nos. 223, 229 and 231 together. The number of households on a local authority’s waiting list continuously fluctuates as households on the list are allocated housing and new...More Button

Written Answers - Urban Renewal Schemes.

My Department continues to provide strong support for the regeneration project across Limerick City, through ongoing liaison with the Limerick Northside and Southside Regeneration Agencies and with th...More Button


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