Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees
Thursday, 17 November 2022
Joint Oireachtas Committee on Housing, Planning and Local Government
Planning and Development Regulations: Minister of State at the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage
Cian O'Callaghan (Dublin Bay North, Social Democrats) | Oireachtas source
I thank the Minister of State and the officials for coming before the committee. I also thank the Minister of State for his opening statement. I am very supportive of what they are trying to do. I commend all of the work done by both Departments to support people fleeing war and persecution. We recognise the great challenge they have been working on. I want to flag an issue with regard to temporary use. If it becomes apparent that any of this accommodation may not be for short-term temporary use, it is important that it becomes regularised through the planning processes as quickly as possible. There should be quick engagement if it becomes apparent, in the context of any of these locations, that we are not speaking about temporary use for a year or two but, rather, a longer period.