Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees

Thursday, 19 January 2023

Public Accounts Committee

Financial Statements 2020: Housing Agency
Financial Statements 2021: Approved Housing Bodies Regulatory Authority
Chapter 7: Housing Agency Revolving Acquisition Fund
Section 2 Report – Unauthorised Release of Funds from the Central Fund of the Exchequer

9:30 am

Photo of Brian StanleyBrian Stanley (Laois-Offaly, Sinn Fein)
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I accept that there is an economic reality that has to be faced in house maintenance but while doing that work, I ask the Department to consider that some of these AHBs are in an position to draw down considerable SEAI grants. The SEAI was anxious to capture groups of houses, particularly where there is a small community centre, which there is in many of these small developments. We have had SEAI before the committee in the past. It was actively seeking them. Some of these bodies may have availed of these. In any look at this taken by the Department or the Housing Agency, I ask that this be factored into it. There may have been substantial funding drawn down in terms of energy upgrades for external wraparounds, internal insulation, changes of heating systems, doors and windows. That should be brought into the case.

I have a couple of questions for the regulator. Ms Lyons confirmed that she has the power to cancel AHB registrations but she has not had to do that as yet. She has had eight complaints. Going back to when the finance loan is discharged, has she any powers in that regard?