Dáil debates

Thursday, 8 February 2024

Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions

National Development Plan

10:30 am

Photo of Paschal DonohoePaschal Donohoe (Dublin Central, Fine Gael) | Oireachtas source

Respectfully I beg to differ. The Deputy asked me the question around how the findings of the recently published report shaped the national development plan in 2023, how we are dealing with priorities and capacities in review of NDP ceilings, and if I would make a statement on the matter. That is the question the Deputy put to me and that is the question I answered.

With regard to the points the Deputy put to me on my engagement with the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage, the Minister is making case, and has been making the case, for more funding and for more support to go into the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage and into the building of more homes.

On the Deputy's point around no additional capital being allocated on budget day the capital ceiling and the level of capital spending for the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage went up. When the budget was done we confirmed that we will be spending more money on housing in 2024 than we did in 2023. I am now working with the Minister, Deputy O'Brien, to look at how much additional funding can be made available and what would be the impact of that given the debate under way on the revision of housing targets.


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