Tuesday, 23 February 2010
Dáil Eireann Debate
439. Deputy Joe Costello asked the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government his plans for the redevelopment of a premises (details supplied) in Dublin 1; the amount of funding he will make available; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [8875/10]
Minister of State at the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government (Deputy Michael Finneran): My Department’s Capital Assistance Scheme (CAS) provides funding to approved housing bodies of up to 100% of the approved costs of accommodation for older people, the homeless, persons with special needs, returning emigrants and victims of domestic violence. I recently announced the approval of funding for some 75 voluntary and co-operative housing projects at various locations around the country, including the project referred to in the question.
My Department’s involvement with the CAS relates primarily to the provision of funds for individual projects. The detailed administration of the scheme, including the certification that projects comply with its terms and conditions, the processing of applications and the payment of capital grants in respect of approved housing projects, are the responsibility of the local authority.
It is therefore a matter for Dublin City Council to progress this project in accordance with the terms and conditions of the CAS and, in advance of procurement, it is not possible to indicate the level of funding needed to complete the project, which will be funded as part of the City Council’s annual CAS allocation.
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