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Written Answers — Department of Housing, Planning, and Local Government: Housing Provision (11 Apr 2024)

Bernard Durkan: 51. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government the extent to which extra methods and means can be employed to provide extra housing in sufficient volume to meet requirements to address homelessness, child homelessness and family homelessness, if he continues to identify extra measures likely to positively impact in this situation; and if he will make a statement on the...

Written Answers — Department of Housing, Planning, and Local Government: Housing Provision (11 Apr 2024)

Bernard Durkan: 78. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government if some consideration can be given to the development of a subsidised sites scheme on public or private lands with a view to making affordable or local authority housing more readily accessible; if any consideration has already been given to such a proposal and how it might meet current demands and as housing continues to be...

Written Answers — Department of Housing, Planning, and Local Government: Housing Provision (11 Apr 2024)

Bernard Durkan: 140. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government the extent to which the provision of accommodation for persons on local authority housing lists and those seeking affordable housing can be accommodated in the short term alongside the competing requirements of refugees and the number on the housing lists; if modular housing or wooden chalet-type housing will be urgently...

Written Answers — Department of Housing, Planning, and Local Government: Housing Provision (11 Apr 2024)

Bernard Durkan: 141. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government the extent to which housing developments are in hand in each local authority throughout the country, as well as in County Kildare, with a view to alleviating the waiting list for local authority and affordable housing; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [15904/24]

Written Answers — Department of Housing, Planning, and Local Government: Housing Policy (11 Apr 2024)

Bernard Durkan: 142. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government the extent to which efforts are being made to control house price inflation, including the possibility of having the local authorities engage builders to build public housing on State-owned lands to facilitate local authority and affordable housing; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [15905/24]

Written Answers — Department of Housing, Planning, and Local Government: Housing Policy (11 Apr 2024)

Bernard Durkan: 143. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government the further steps that can be taken to dramatically increase the housing output to meet the requirements of both the public and private housing programmes; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [15906/24]

Written Answers — Department of Housing, Planning, and Local Government: Housing Schemes (11 Apr 2024)

Bernard Durkan: 144. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government the degree to which the various forms of assistance available for first-time house buyers are upgrading satisfactorily without contributing to house price inflation; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [15907/24]

Written Answers — Department of Housing, Planning, and Local Government: Housing Provision (11 Apr 2024)

Bernard Durkan: 145. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government the number of planning permissions applied for and refused by county in each of the past three years to date; the way such figures will inform housing policy going forward, with particular reference to giving the local population a chance to live in their local area; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [15908/24]

Written Answers — Department of Housing, Planning, and Local Government: Housing Policy (11 Apr 2024)

Bernard Durkan: 146. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government if an audit has been carried out to determine the best value for money to his Department of direct build local authority houses compared with housing assistance payment, or rent support, given that neither of the latter schemes present a permanent resolution to the applicants' housing needs; and if he will make a statement...

Written Answers — Department of Housing, Planning, and Local Government: Housing Provision (11 Apr 2024)

Bernard Durkan: 147. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government the average price of a house deemed to be in the affordable category; the number built, acquired or under construction at present throughout the country; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [15910/24]

Written Answers — Department of Housing, Planning, and Local Government: Heritage Projects (11 Apr 2024)

Bernard Durkan: 148. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government the number of heritage projects currently in hand or listed for attention in terms of projection and restoration; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [15911/24]

Written Answers — Department of Housing, Planning, and Local Government: Housing Policy (11 Apr 2024)

Bernard Durkan: 149. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government the total number of new houses provided by the local authorities, by county, for prospective tenants in 2023 and 2024 to date; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [15912/24]

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform, and Taoiseach: Business of Joint Committee (10 Apr 2024)

Bernard Durkan: Apologies have been received from Deputy Steven Matthews. The minutes of the joint committee meeting on 20 March 2024 were agreed at the committee's earlier private meeting.

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform, and Taoiseach: Illegal Israeli Settlements Divestment Bill 2023: Discussion (Resumed) (10 Apr 2024)

Bernard Durkan: In this part of our meeting the committee will engage with the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment, to continue its detailed scrutiny of the Illegal Israeli Settlements Divestment Bill 2023. On behalf of the committee I welcome from the Department of Enterprise,Trade and Employment, Mr. Ronnie Downes, head of the trade division, and Mr. John Hughes, principal officer. The...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform, and Taoiseach: Illegal Israeli Settlements Divestment Bill 2023: Discussion (Resumed) (10 Apr 2024)

Bernard Durkan: I know. Members are reminded of the long-standing parliamentary practice to the effect that they should not comment on, criticise or make charges against a person outside the Houses or an official either by name or in such a way as to make him or her identifiable. Members who attend remotely are reminded of the constitutional requirement that members must be physically present within the...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform, and Taoiseach: Illegal Israeli Settlements Divestment Bill 2023: Discussion (Resumed) (10 Apr 2024)

Bernard Durkan: I thank Mr. Downes. I remind members that there will be a break for a vote in the House at some stage. It will be after 2 p.m., obviously. We do not know exactly when it will be as we do not know how long the debate between the start of business and the vote will take. We will break for the vote and come back. I call Senator Higgins to make her contribution.

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform, and Taoiseach: Illegal Israeli Settlements Divestment Bill 2023: Discussion (Resumed) (10 Apr 2024)

Bernard Durkan: I thank Senator Higgins. I will try to get each member of the committee to contribute once before-----

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