Wednesday, 7 July 2010
Dáil Éireann Debate
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. In February 2010, I announced the approval of funding for some 75 voluntary and co-operative housing projects at various locations around the country, including the project in question. Limerick County Council has been notified of a CAS allocation of €1.6 million in 2010, which includes funding for this project, and my Department is working with the County Council to finalise project approval details with a view to enabling this project to commence very shortly.
344. Deputy Jack Wall asked the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government the progress made in relation to a proposed regeneration programme of a housing estate (details supplied); when the plan will be completed in County Kildare; when the work will commence; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [30366/10]
Minister of State at the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government (Deputy Michael Finneran): The project in question, which is at an early stage of development, is part of my Department’s Remedial Works Programme 2009-2011. As part of my Department’s examination of the proposal, including ongoing meetings and discussions with Kildare County Council, approval issued recently to a preliminary budget of €6.61 million for the project, subject to specific terms and conditions. Further design, costing and phasing details have been sought from the Council. Upon receipt, these will be considered by my Department with a view to reaching agreement as soon as possible on the further progression of the scheme.
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