Tuesday, 14 February 2012
Department of Environment, Community and Local Government
Patrick Nulty (Dublin West, Labour)
Question 416: To ask the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government if he will report on the delay in providing Traveller-specific group housing for families living in Dunsink Lane; the reason for the delay; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [7588/12]
Jan O'Sullivan (Limerick City, Labour)
In accordance with the Housing (Traveller Accommodation) Act 1998, statutory responsibility for the provision of Traveller accommodation rests with the relevant housing authority, in this case Fingal County Council.
In February 2011, following regular discussions and meetings with Fingal County Council, my Department issued approval in principle to the Council for the development of a Traveller Group Housing Scheme at Cappagh Lands, which is intended to provide accommodation for some of the families currently living in the area in question. It is now a matter for the Council to advance the development of this scheme, separately to other proposals by the Council for social housing in the area. From ongoing contact between my Department and the Council, I understand that the Council is endeavouring to advance the provision of suitable accommodation for these families as soon as possible. In addition, my Department provided funding to Dublin City Council in 2011 for the refurbishment of an existing halting site in the Dunsink Lane area.