Wednesday, 6 February 2019
Ceisteanna ar Reachtaíocht a Gealladh - Questions on Promised Legislation
I thank the Deputy for the question. I do not believe that Mr. Kenny made that clear. What was intended for the site was to use prefabricated technology to deliver social housing. Given the complexity of the site itself for social housing, however, doing so did not represent value for money. It was the right decision not to progress with the site, but that does not mean that Dublin City Council is in any way taking its foot off the pedal in terms of delivering new social housing within its administrative area.
Regarding State sites that are not local authority owned, that is why I established the Land Development Agency, LDA, last September. It has identified eight initial sites, but it is in discussions with Departments and agencies regarding a further tranche of 15. Through those sites, we will be able to use public land to deliver housing for all of our people in areas of high demand like the city centre. That is progressing. We do that work with the Departments. The LDA had its first board meeting last week - an interim board is in place - and we will have legislation to place it on a statutory footing and capitalise it to the tune of €1.25 billion once we are through with the rent Bill, which is awaiting Committee Stage.