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Written Answers — Department of Education and Skills: Schools Site Acquisitions (22 Mar 2016)

Seán Canney: 446. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the status of the transfer of a site to allow plans for a new school (details supplied) in County Galway to proceed; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [4793/16]

Written Answers — Department of Social Protection: Occupational Injuries Benefit Payments (6 Apr 2016)

Seán Canney: 19. To ask the Minister for Social Protection when a decision will be made on an application by a person (details supplied) in County Galway under the occupational injury benefit scheme; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [5451/16]

Written Answers — Department of Education and Skills: Student Grant Scheme Eligibility (14 Apr 2016)

Seán Canney: 694. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the reason children born in the US who are Irish citizens face prohibitive costs by comparison with children born here in respect of accessing student grants and free fees; her plans to amend this situation; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [6704/16]

Committee on Housing and Homelessness: Business of Committee (20 Apr 2016)

Seán Canney: I am delighted to be on the committee. I want to make sure everyone is clear that homelessness is not confined to Dublin. It is also an issue in the regions and small towns. I agree with Deputy Maureen O'Sullivan that we do not need to talk about what the problems are. From now on, we need to try to come up with a few solutions. It will not be easy, but if we all work together and put...

Committee on Housing and Homelessness: Business of Committee (20 Apr 2016)

Seán Canney: We are all using the same language. We all know what are the issues and we have set out the structure. The Chairman will prepare a draft structure for us involving two meetings a week and we can then get on with the business. An easy way of getting our work underway could be to first bring in the Minister to find out what are his problems and what are the issues in his Department. Local...

Committee on Housing and Homelessness: Business of Committee (20 Apr 2016)

Seán Canney: We start from today.

Committee on Housing and Homelessness: Business of Committee (20 Apr 2016)

Seán Canney: The key is to ensure those who will come before us understand what the committee is about, namely, identifying the issues involved and finding solutions. We are inviting them to provide suggestions for solutions and focus on this aspect rather than telling us what is wrong. We all know what is wrong. It is a matter of finding the solutions together.

Committee on Housing and Homelessness: Business of Committee (20 Apr 2016)

Seán Canney: We should also sign up the National Asset Management Agency.

Written Answers — Department of Education and Skills: Schools Site Acquisitions (26 Apr 2016)

Seán Canney: 408. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the progress made, in terms of site acquisition for a school (details supplied) in County Galway; when is it envisaged that this will be finalised; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [8415/16]

Committee on Housing and Homelessness: Interim Report of Committee (26 Apr 2016)

Seán Canney: I was going to say exactly what the Chairman said - that we need to decide who we are bringing in and who will accompany them. I will have a lot of questions this afternoon for Mr. Eugene Cummins and his colleagues. This morning, we should decide to set out a structure and ask the questions this afternoon. If we do not do so, we will end up talking for six weeks. We should focus on what...

Committee on Housing and Homelessness: Interim Report of Committee (26 Apr 2016)

Seán Canney: I suggest that the Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland be brought in. It represents estate agents and professional practitioners in quantity surveying and cost management. That would be a worthwhile organisation to bring in.

Committee on Housing and Homelessness: Interim Report of Committee (26 Apr 2016)

Seán Canney: I refer to No. 9.

Committee on Housing and Homelessness: Interim Report of Committee (26 Apr 2016)

Seán Canney: It is about social inclusion and, therefore, I presume No. 9 is being dealt with now.

Committee on Housing and Homelessness: Interim Report of Committee (26 Apr 2016)

Seán Canney: The Credit Union Development Association, CUDA, which is part of the credit union movement, should also be brought in.

Committee on Housing and Homelessness: Interim Report of Committee (26 Apr 2016)

Seán Canney: With the Irish League of Credit Unions, we should include the Credit Union Development Association, CUDA.

Committee on Housing and Homelessness: Interim Report of Committee (26 Apr 2016)

Seán Canney: That is very important.

Committee on Housing and Homelessness: Interim Report of Committee (26 Apr 2016)

Seán Canney: I read with interest in one of the Sunday newspapers about a company on the Stock Exchange raising money in London as a house builder in Ireland. It owns 20% of the land for development around Dublin. It is a problem when people buy land and hold it until the market comes right. We need to consider this in real terms because these kinds of companies will hoard land because they can afford...

Committee on Housing and Homelessness: County and City Management Association (26 Apr 2016)

Seán Canney: I thank the gentlemen for coming in. On page one of his statement, Mr. Cummins describes how a new streamlined process has been developed for delivering social housing of up to €2 million or 15 units, so that the units can be delivered faster. Mr. Cummins should correct me if I am wrong - my understanding is that this is a devolved grant whereby the Department of the Environment,...

Committee on Housing and Homelessness: County and City Management Association (26 Apr 2016)

Seán Canney: They have Part VIII planning. When he said 22,000 sites are available-----

Committee on Housing and Homelessness: County and City Management Association (26 Apr 2016)

Seán Canney: Okay.

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