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

Darragh O'Brien: The Deputies can trust me on this----

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

Martin Kenny: Deputy Ó Broin is indicating.

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

Darragh O'Brien: Is this permitted?

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: Defective Building Materials (23 Jun 2022)

Darragh O'Brien: No one will dispute the level of work that has gone into bringing about this legislation. When Deputies look at what is in it and see the published Bill later today in the hearings, it is a significant improvement on the previous scheme that was simply set up by way of regulation itself and was not on a sound footing. I said yesterday in response to Deputy Ó Broin that I will continue,...

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

Question No. 11 replied to with Written Answers.

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

Housing Provision

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

Aindrias Moynihan: 12. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government if his attention been drawn to the lengthy processing times for both social housing applications and housing assistance payment applications; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [33206/22]

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

Aindrias Moynihan: Social housing applications can take some time to be processed. In the meantime applicants are without rent support and possibly struggling to pay. For many applicants for social housing, their primary focus is to get up and running on the housing assistance payment, HAP. Secondary to that is being considered for social housing. The length of time it takes to process applications is...

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

Darragh O'Brien: This is an important matter. I will give the Deputy the official response as to what the target is. Applications for social housing support are assessed by the relevant local authority in accordance with eligibility and need criteria set down in the Housing (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2009. The regulations require that local authorities, subject to conditions, deal with social housing...

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

David Stanton: What incentives exist to encourage and support people who own private vacant properties to make them available for housing, either for sale or for rental? What plans does the Government have in that regard? Does the Minister agree that in a county like Cork, which is the biggest county in the country, we should have three full-time housing officers looking after vacant homes and trying to...

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

Peter Burke: As I have said, repetition in the Dáil, unfortunately, does not make something true. As I have said-----

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

Thomas Gould: I am quoting the Minister.

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

Peter Burke: As I have said, 6,000 voids were brought back into use. That is the evidence over the past number of years.

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)

Peter Burke: There is a significant programme going forward, as I also referenced. With regard to Deputy Stanton's question on the current suite of measures, in the first instance we are ensuring that by the end of June there must be full-time vacant homes officers within local authorities. With the Croí Cónaithe scheme, we are awaiting regulations that will be launched shortly to try to...

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

Thomas Gould: How many of the Minister's staff are working on vacant homes?

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

Darragh O'Brien: Will the Deputies stop?

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

Peter Burke: It is true what they say about empty vessels. They absolutely make the most noise. Will the Deputy stop interrupting?

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

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

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