Written Answers - House Prices

Thursday, 27 May 2010

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 710 No. 3

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  24.  Deputy Mary Upton  Information on Mary Upton  Zoom on Mary Upton   asked the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government,  Information on John Gormley  Zoom on John Gormley   further to Parliamentary Question No. 158 of 22 April 2010, the interested parties that have been consulted by his Department in regard to the establishment of a house price database; the timetable that has been set for this consultation; the number of meetings that have taken place to date; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [22242/10]

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 renewed Programme for Government sets out a clear commitment to create and maintain a comprehensive House Price Database based on sales prices. My Department has met with a broad range of interested parties in regard to the shape that such a register might take, including representatives from the Department of Finance, Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform, Property Services Regulatory Authority, Central Statistics Office, Property Registration Authority, Revenue Commissioners, Law Reform Commission, Law Society and the Institute of Auctioneers and Valuers of Ireland. Recommendations arising from this process will be made to Government shortly. The timing of the establishment of the register will be determined by a range of factors including the possible need for amendment of the Data Protection Acts to allow for publication of achieved sales prices.

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