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Committee on Housing and Homelessness: Construction Industry Federation (3 May 2016)

Catherine Byrne: I want to make observations rather than ask questions. I thank the witnesses for the presentation this morning. We are all here to put some kind of formula together so that people can have a home, whether social or private housing. Eugene Cummins of Roscommon County Council and Dick Brady of Dublin City Council were here last week. Mr. Brady said there are more than 22,000 sites available...

Committee on Housing and Homelessness: Institute of Professional Auctioneers and Valuers (3 May 2016)

Catherine Byrne: I thank the witnesses for their presentation. I totally agree with the concern about the HAP because I do not believe that people really understand it enough and there is a responsibility to promote it more, especially on the part of the local authorities which do not seem to promote it very well. I was reared in a local authority council house, like most people around me, and at that time...

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

Catherine Byrne: I do not know what criteria the County and City Management Association was given for this afternoon's meeting. I do now know whether the representatives were asked to come with a blank canvas or to bring all the necessary information, which I think they would have at their fingertips in any event. We cannot expect that any of the people the Chairman has said are coming would not to be able...

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

Catherine Byrne: Alice Leahy would be somebody who knows exactly what is happening on the street.

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

Catherine Byrne: I agree with and support what Deputy Brendan Ryan said. We have all read books on social housing and people's-----

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

Catherine Byrne: Sorry, through the Chair, I had not finished.

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

Catherine Byrne: I am speaking as a person who has read many of the academic books on homelessness, housing and social housing. To sit here and have somebody accuse me of not having read them is very offensive. I really believe, because we are dealing with social housing, that we need to speak to somebody within the social housing section of Dublin City Council and the local authorities as to why people...

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

Catherine Byrne: I thank the County and City Management Association and their colleagues who are attending today. Their presentation was very informative. I have a few questions. With regard to the 2,542 houses still vacant, are these in the Dublin area and how long will it be before they can be put back into use? What would the cost be and do the councils have the money to do this?

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

Catherine Byrne: Okay.

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

Catherine Byrne: My next question is for Mr. Morgan and relates to the figure of 5,811 homeless people. How many of these are family units? Mr. Morgan referred to a certain number of adults and children, although I do not remember the exact figures. Mr. Morgan said there were 5,811 homeless and 1,800 of these were children. How many of them are family units?

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

Catherine Byrne: My next question relates to something Mr. Coman said. One thing the city council did very well in the past was to build really nice senior citizen complexes. Are there plans in the councils to start building more senior citizen complexes? There are many people living in houses that basically do not suit their needs anymore. These people would be willing to move into smaller accommodation,...

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

Catherine Byrne: Leading on from my question about the homeless list and the 790 families, have the witnesses any idea how many family units they are talking about in respect of the housing list? I include single people in that. I am talking about the larger housing list for the country.

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

Catherine Byrne: Yes, do the witnesses know how many family units are involved in that, including single people?

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

Catherine Byrne: I wish to pay tribute to the city council and the work it has done on the regeneration of St. Michael's estate, Fatima Mansions, St. Teresa's Gardens, Dolphin House and elsewhere in my area, in view of the amount of people the council has had to rehouse. People's homes were being taken away, so they were priority cases - I understand that very well. I compliment the council on its work....

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

Catherine Byrne: I thank the Chairman for allowing his name to go forward to be the Chair of this committee, even if it is only for a short time, and congratulate and support him. As public representatives we all know the difficulties on a daily basis for people who are trying to get a home. Whether one lives in Dublin or in any other part of the country, not having a place to call home is very difficult...

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

Catherine Byrne: If we are to have two meetings a week, one of them should be solely dedicated to meeting groups and hearing their solutions to issues, with the other dedicated to thrashing out those issues. If we invite witnesses to appear before both meetings, we will not get to do the work we should be doing. It is just a suggestion.

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

Catherine Byrne: On Deputy Coppinger's suggestion about bringing in people who are homeless or in transition, who will make that decision? Who is going to pick those people? I would be very interested to know who will decide. How do we limit the number of people? How do we ask them, get their names and decide on who will come in and who will not? This would be very difficult to do. I suggest we spend an...

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

Catherine Byrne: Is there any chance we can confine meetings to two or two and a half hours? If we begin at 10.30 a.m., we should finish by 1 p.m. The afternoon session could run from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. or 4.30 p.m.

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

Catherine Byrne: It helps if the duration of a meeting is confined.

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