Written Answers - Anti-Social Behaviour.

Thursday, 9 April 2009

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 680 No. 2

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  115.  Deputy Tom Hayes  Information on Tom Hayes  Zoom on Tom Hayes   asked the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government  Information on John Gormley  Zoom on John Gormley   the responsibilities the local authorities have when tenants of social housing are being violent, anti-social, and intimidating persons in their neighbourhood; if they are required to take action on such a matter; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [14968/09]

Minister of State at the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government (Deputy Michael Finneran): Information on Michael Finneran  Zoom on Michael Finneran  The Housing (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act, 1997 sets out the powers available to housing authorities and, where appropriate, approved housing bodies to deal with anti-social behaviour in their housing stock. The exercise of these powers in individual cases is a matter for the relevant authority or housing body to decide. Under Section 34 of the Housing (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2008 it is proposed that each authority be required to draw up and adopt an anti-social behaviour strategy and I am examining the scope for committee stage amendments to the Bill that will further extend the powers of housing authorities and approved bodies in this area.

Actions of a criminal nature by individuals are, in the first instance, a matter for An Garda Síochána.

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