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Joint Oireachtas Committee on Housing, Planning and Local Government: Inflationary Costs in the Construction Industry: Discussion (28 Jun 2022)

Eoin Ó Broin: Sure. I agree with Ms Donaghy.

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Housing, Planning and Local Government: Inflationary Costs in the Construction Industry: Discussion (28 Jun 2022)

Eoin Ó Broin: I am not arguing against the P&A, because it is good. The only thing I will say is the local authorities do not get that money at that point in time, which is why we are currently talking about demolishing apartment developments from the 1950s and 1960s. That grant funding model is both underfunded and incredibly inefficient. What is good about the P&A and why there is a case to be...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Defective Building Materials (23 Jun 2022)

Eoin Ó Broin: I will be super quick. It is not just the cap. It is also the rates. Head 13 is very clear that the Minister cannot review the rates until 12 months after commencement. Even if a property is well below the cap, if the NSAI recommends foundations to be included, if somebody has a 1,000 sq. ft. home, for example, they will not be able to enter into the scheme and get full remediation until...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Housing Schemes (23 Jun 2022)

Eoin Ó Broin: They were not voids. The vast majority were not voids.

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Housing Schemes (23 Jun 2022)

Eoin Ó Broin: Answer the question. It is a simple question.

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Housing Schemes (23 Jun 2022)

Eoin Ó Broin: The Minister of State does not have the answers, if we are honest.

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Housing Schemes (23 Jun 2022)

Eoin Ó Broin: The Ministers just provoke us too much.

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Housing Policy (23 Jun 2022)

Eoin Ó Broin: I cannot stress enough the urgency of this. I will take the example of a couple in my constituency who are €500 or €1,000 above the social housing eligibility threshold. If they were to avail of the cost rental that is coming through Tuath in Kilcarbery, they would be spending almost 50% of their net income on rent. Cost rental does not work for that cohort. What that tells...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Housing Policy (23 Jun 2022)

Eoin Ó Broin: 6. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government if he will provide an update on the review of the social housing income thresholds; and if he will indicate whether he intends to raise the thresholds. [33082/22]

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Housing Policy (23 Jun 2022)

Eoin Ó Broin: I understand the Minister received in December a copy of the review of the social housing income eligibility threshold from the departmental officials. This is a matter that requires an urgent decision. More and more people are being done out of access to social housing supports. More and more people are having their social housing supports withdrawn. We even have a situation where people...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Housing Policy (23 Jun 2022)

Eoin Ó Broin: I thank the Minister of State. My problem is that he did not answer the question. The information he has given us is very useful although I think everybody in the House knows it. The question is very simple. When will the review be published? What resolution of this is the Minister considering? People are being taken off the housing list week on week. I have been contacted about two...

Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Housing Provision (23 Jun 2022)

Eoin Ó Broin: 5. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government the reason for the delay in the sale of affordable housing in Cork city and south County Dublin. [33474/22]

Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Housing Provision (23 Jun 2022)

Eoin Ó Broin: Two developments where affordable housing has been significantly delayed are in Boherboy Road in Cork and Kilcarbery Grange in my constituency. The Boherboy Road development was substantially completed at the end of the year but the properties have still not been put on the market for affordable purchasers. The Kilcarbery Grange development was put on the market recently but eligible...

Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Housing Provision (23 Jun 2022)

Eoin Ó Broin: I thank the Minister. It is significant that we are talking about very small numbers of homes in both locations and, in fact, in the case of a number of the homes that the Minister cited in Cork, while they may be completed this year, it is unlikely that they will be purchased or occupied until next year. That is, however, a separate matter. My understanding of the problem that has...

Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Housing Provision (23 Jun 2022)

Eoin Ó Broin: With respect to the pipeline in my own constituency, the pipeline of affordable homes is not very strong. It is anaemic to say the least. There will not be 100 affordable homes in Rathcoole because Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil councillors voted to de-zone the land. We may get some social housing in there, but greatly reduced from what was originally planned. Likewise, while we have...

Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Housing Schemes (23 Jun 2022)

Eoin Ó Broin: The concern with St. Michael's Estate is that, while the planning application will go in at the latter end of this year, and that will take time, there will be potential cost increases if the post-planning, pre-construction phase of that development is elongated. In some cases projects of this size can take up to two years to get to construction. I have said before that it would be sensible...

Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Housing Schemes (23 Jun 2022)

Eoin Ó Broin: I have two specific propositions. As for St. Michael's Estate, I think the development could be greatly progressed if the Department were to firm up the commitment to have a single point of approval within the Department for mixed-tenure projects. That was one of the considerations to come out of the review. This is the ideal project on which to test that. There needs to be a senior...

Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Housing Schemes (23 Jun 2022)

Eoin Ó Broin: 3. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government if he will provide an update on the delivery of affordable housing in areas (details supplied). [33473/22]

Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Housing Schemes (23 Jun 2022)

Eoin Ó Broin: As the Minister knows, two of the most important affordable housing development for the city of Dublin are the Dublin City Council led social and affordable cost-rental project in St. Michael's Estate in Inchicore and the requirement under the strategic development zone for Poolbeg to deliver an additional 15% affordable homes on top of the 10% Part 5 allocation. There is significant concern...

Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Housing Policy (23 Jun 2022)

Eoin Ó Broin: 1. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government the additional measures he is taking to address the alarming increase in homelessness in recent months. [33472/22]

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