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Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Housing Policy (11 Apr 2024)

Alan Dillon: I thank Deputy Flaherty. Updated rural housing guidelines are being prepared to expand on national policy objective 19 of the national planning framework, which makes a policy distinction between rural areas under urban influence on the one hand and structurally weaker rural areas where population levels may be low or declining on the other. Under the national planning framework,...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Housing Policy (11 Apr 2024)

Alan Dillon: I thank Deputy Flaherty. With regard to the question posed, the national planning framework supports new housing in rural areas and rural development generally. We have seen over the past 30 years that, in general, 25% of new rural housing has been constructed across all housing developments. There is no cap or ban on the granting of planning permission for new homes in rural areas....

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Housing Policy (11 Apr 2024)

Alan Dillon: I thank the Deputies. To answer Deputy Flaherty, we are all conscious of the increase in the cost of building materials due to external factors, including the war in Ukraine and inflationary measures. It certainly is a significant barrier. If we look at the number of approvals of new developments, the planning system in Ireland continues to deliver substantial planning permission for new...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Vacant Properties (11 Apr 2024)

Alan Dillon: I thank all the Deputies for their contributions. The staged payments question is under review and considerations are being taken in that regard. On the scheme itself, significant work has been done at a local authority level with regard to additional resources. We would hope to be in a position to make a further announcement in that regard. We have seen town regeneration officers being...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Vacant Properties (11 Apr 2024)

Alan Dillon: I propose to take Questions Nos. 7, 22, 32, 64 and 91 together. Tackling vacancy is a key priority for this Government. Pathway 4 of Housing for All sets out a blueprint to address vacancy and make effective use of our existing housing stock. The vacant homes action plan, which the Minister, Deputy O’Brien, launched in January 2023, outlines the significant progress that has been...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Vacant Properties (11 Apr 2024)

Alan Dillon: I thank Deputy Flaherty. He has been a great champion of tackling vacancy and dereliction in his county, Longford. Under the vacant property refurbishment scheme, we have seen significant progress in County Longford, with over 124 applications received. Forty-eight have now been approved, and five were rejected, unfortunately. Three grants have been issued. The Government has...

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

Alan Dillon: 11. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government whether his Department has asked the SCSI to provide updated cost reports for the Expert Group to review in relation to the DCB scheme and when the recommended updated grant rates are expected to be presented to him and implemented; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [15757/24]

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

Alan Dillon: I propose to take Questions Nos. 27, 39, 72 and 136 together. My Department provides Exchequer funding to local authorities to support the suite of Housing Adaptation Grants for Older People and People with a Disability, which support older and disabled people (including applicants with significant disabilities) living in private houses to adapt their home to meet their needs. The grants...

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

Alan Dillon: I propose to take Questions Nos. 43, 150 and 152 together. Under Housing for All, there is a policy objective to increase and improve housing options for older people to facilitate ageing in place with dignity and independence. Housing for All builds on and takes forward the ongoing actions in "Housing Options for Our Ageing Population" policy statement from 2019, published jointly by my...

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

Alan Dillon: 47. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government the number of simultaneous social and affordable housing projects currently under way in Mayo; if he can provide their locations, the projected number of social and affordable homes to be completed at each site in 2024 and 2025, and the current stage of each project in the four-step approval process; and if he will make a...

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

Alan Dillon: Housing for All commits to expanding the housing options available for Older Persons, building on the work done under the 2019 Joint Policy Statement, Housing Options for our Ageing Population, which has the objective of providing housing options for older people to facilitate ageing in place, in their own homes and communities, with dignity and independence, and deliver an appropriate range...

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

Alan Dillon: Under Housing for All, there is a policy objective to increase and improve housing options for older people to facilitate ageing in place with dignity and independence. Housing for All builds on and takes forward the ongoing actions in "Housing Options for Our Ageing Population" policy statement from 2019, published jointly by my Department and the Department of Health, which provides policy...

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

Alan Dillon: Age Friendly Ireland (AFI) is a shared service of local government hosted by Meath County Council responsible for the national Age Friendly Programme, affiliated to the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) Global Network of Age Friendly Cities and Communities. The WHO has defined eight thematic areas within which the Age Friendly programmes work collaboratively to support the development...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment: Defective Building Materials (10 Apr 2024)

Alan Dillon: 48. To ask the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment to provide an update on the DCB scheme, specifically regarding the reimbursement of costs associated with SEAI; when is the proposal expected to be presented to Cabinet as homeowners affected by mica and pyrite are seeking clarity on the Government's timelines; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [15637/24]

Written Answers — Department of Education and Skills: Schools Building Projects (10 Apr 2024)

Alan Dillon: 67. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills to provide an update on the Capital Appraisal in her Department for a school (details supplied); and if she will confirm if there is a viable solution to our immediate accommodation needs; what this consists of and when school patrons will progress on this new facility; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [15638/24]

Written Answers — Department of Education and Skills: Schools Building Projects (10 Apr 2024)

Alan Dillon: 68. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the measures her Department has taken to determine the most suitable long-term location for the school for (details supplied); if she will clarify the outcome of the evaluation of a recent proposal received from the school patron; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [15639/24]

Written Answers — Department of Education and Skills: Schools Building Projects (10 Apr 2024)

Alan Dillon: 69. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills following her visit to the location (details supplied) in September 2022, where a commitment was made to a new facility, but no progress has been observed since then, could she confirm her Department's intention to fulfil this promise and if she will provide a timeline for this commitment, given that it is simply unacceptable for the school to...

Written Answers — Department of Housing, Planning, and Local Government: Traveller Accommodation (10 Apr 2024)

Alan Dillon: The Housing (Traveller Accommodation) Act 1998 provides that the role of my Department is to ensure that there are adequate structures and supports in place to assist housing authorities in providing accommodation for Travellers, including a national framework of policy, legislation and funding. Following a review of the arrangements for the disbursement of funding for the provision and...

Written Answers — Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Middle East (9 Apr 2024)

Alan Dillon: 14. To ask the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade if he will share the plans related to the dispatch of Irish military aircraft to the Middle East for the purpose of delivering crucial humanitarian aid to Gaza; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [13668/24]

Written Answers — Department of Education and Skills: School Funding (9 Apr 2024)

Alan Dillon: 451. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills when an ancillary grant for a school (details supplied) will issue; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [14245/24]

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