Finneran, Michael

Thursday, 9 July 2009

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 687 No. 5

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Order of Business.

Question put: “That the proposal for dealing with No. b1 be agreed to.”
Yes IndicatorVoted Yes More Button

Question put: “That the proposal for dealing with No. 1 be agreed to.”
Yes IndicatorVoted Yes More Button

Local Government (Charges) Bill 2009 [Seanad]: Second Stage.

I move: “That the Bill be now read a Second Time.” I am pleased to open the debate in the Dáil on the Local Government (Charges) Bill 2009. The purpose of the Bill is to give effect to the Government...More Button

The charge does not apply to anyone paying commercial rates anyway.More Button

Not everyone pays commercial rates. It is a matter for the local authority.More Button

Clearly the person is not paying commercial rates.More Button

This is nothing to do with the elderly.More Button

This is nothing to do with the elderly.More Button

Everybody knows they are not liable.More Button

The Deputy knows they are not liable. He is putting inaccurate information on the record of the House. More Button

There is a bit of a show on here as well.More Button

What section of the Bill is that?More Button

Local Government (Charges) Bill 2009 [Seanad]: Committee and Remaining Stages.

Amendment put.
No IndicatorVoted No More Button

Amendment put.
No IndicatorVoted No More Button

Written Answers - Social and Affordable Housing.

Under the incremental purchase scheme, currently operating on a pilot basis but for which statutory provision has been made in the Housing (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2008, housing authorities and...More Button

Written Answers - Local Authority Housing.

The applicable interest rate paid by local authority borrowers on fixed rates is set by reference to prevailing fixed interest rates at the time of loan draw down. Loans in respect of which interest ...More Button

Written Answers - Building Regulations.

The position on this matter was most recently set out in reply to Question No. 350 of 26 May 2009. As indicated, the resolution of problems being experienced by homeowners whose homes have been affec...More Button

Written Answers - Litter Pollution.

Statistics on local authority enforcement action on litter, including the numbers of fines issued for litter offences, are submitted by local authorities to my Department every six months; the latest ...More Button

Written Answers - Housing Aid for the Elderly.

I propose to take Questions Nos. 733 and 734 together. My Department’s involvement with the Housing Adaptation Grant Schemes for Older People and People with a Disability and the Mobility Aids Grant s...More Button

Written Answers - Voluntary Housing Schemes.

Under my Department’s Capital Assistance Scheme, funding of up to 100% of the approved cost is available for the provision of accommodation for groups with special housing needs including the elderly ...More Button

Written Answers - Anti-Social Behaviour.

Action to deal with anti-social behaviour is primarily a matter for An Garda Síochána. In the case of private rented dwellings landlords are, however, responsible for enforcing the obligations that a...More Button

Written Answers - Private Rented Accommodation.

I propose to take Question Nos. 744 and 745 together. Minimum standards for rental accommodation are prescribed in the Housing (Standards for Rented Houses) Regulations 2008, as made under section 18 ...More Button

Written Answers - Housing Aid for the Elderly.

An allocation of €2,775,834 was notified to Mayo County Council on 7 May, 2009 in respect of the operation of the schemes concerned in 2009. To date, €480,363 has been recouped to the Council by my D...More Button

Written Answers - Social and Affordable Housing.

The number of households on a local authority’s waiting list fluctuates as households on the list are allocated housing and new households apply for housing support. My Department does not hold infor...More Button

A total of €1.415 million in voted Exchequer capital and current funding is being provided for the various social housing and affordable housing programmes in 2009. The provision for 2010 and 2011 wil...More Button

Information on social housing starts and completions, including acquisitions, and on affordable housing activity is published in my Department’s Annual and Quarterly Housing Statistics Bulletins, copi...More Button

Written Answers - Housing Grants.

I refer to the reply to Question No. 474 of 7 July, 2009. The position is unchanged.More Button

Written Answers - Local Authority Housing.

In January 2009, to facilitate local authorities in planning for and managing projects, provisional allocations were notified to authorities. Following this, my Department held Housing Action Plan me...More Button

The annual allocations to local authorities under the schemes concerned are calculated on foot of detailed discussion between my Department and individual authorities and on the basis of a number of c...More Button

Written Answers - Grant Payments.

Funding of €1,281,914 was approved under my Department’s capital assistance scheme for this project. To date, €1,217,818 has been paid to Cork County Council, which is responsible for the administrat...More Button

Funding of €1,419,801 was approved for this project under my Department’s capital assistance scheme. To date, €1,348,811 has been paid to Cork County Council, which is responsible for the administrat...More Button

Written Answers - Health and Safety Programmes.

Capital funding is available through my Department’s Capital Assistance Scheme to approved voluntary housing bodies to provide accommodation to meet the special housing needs of groups including the e...More Button


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