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Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Northern Ireland (23 Jun 2022)

Simon Coveney: I want to use this opportunity to try to speak directly to the Unionist community in Northern Ireland. I want to say to them that we in the Irish Government and, I can assure them, in the EU also, within the European Commission, want to respond to their legitimate concerns in regard to how the protocol is implemented and the need to make a clear distinction between goods that are staying...

Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Northern Ireland (23 Jun 2022)

John Brady: I thank the Minister and I totally agree with what he has said. Indeed, it has to be said that Unionist leaders are out of sync, they are out of touch, with ordinary people in the North and what they view needs to happen and must happen. Yesterday, as the Minister will be aware, a coalition of 170 groups from across civil society in the North described Boris Johnson's plans to replace the...

Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Northern Ireland (23 Jun 2022)

Simon Coveney: It is important to call out what is happening in an open and blunt way. The approach towards political stability and maintaining that in Northern Ireland post the Good Friday agreement, for nearly 25 years now, has been based on partnership and trust between the British and Irish Governments, when it was needed, to provide a platform and a foundation to help the parties agree to compromise...

Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Diplomatic Representation (23 Jun 2022)

Diplomatic Representation

Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Diplomatic Representation (23 Jun 2022)

Peadar Tóibín: 94. To ask the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the number of times he has met with the Irish ambassador to Britain since he took office. [33477/22]

Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Diplomatic Representation (23 Jun 2022)

Peadar Tóibín: The Minister will agree that the position of Irish ambassador to Britain is very important, especially at this time of crisis in our relationship with Britain. I was surprised to hear of the Minister's decision to appoint the Secretary General of the Department of the Taoiseach, Martin Fraser, to the position of Irish ambassador to Britain. As Deputies know, there is an investigation into...

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

Michael Moynihan: There are almost two processes going on, namely, the social housing application and the HAP application. I will focus first on the social housing application, because that is the slowest part from what we have seen. It is a very cumbersome application form and there is a great deal of documentation associated with it, whether it is original birth certificates, getting translations and so...

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

Darragh O'Brien: I understand the point. We actually simplified the form and made some changes to it last year to ensure that it was in compliance with the plain English guide. We simplified the form and removed some questions that were not required. An application to put someone on the list for social housing is obviously an important application. The Deputy is right that there is a parallel process with...

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

Michael Moynihan: As I said, there are almost two processes – the HAP application and the social housing application. I just want to acknowledge that, for example, in Cork County Council, we see a very fast processing of the HAP application when it is up and running. The focus and the big challenge is very often on the social housing application. Councillors represent the public. The CEO...

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

Darragh O'Brien: There is no question about me agreeing with the Deputy. I meet with the CEOs on a regular basis. We engage with and meet them individually. I have had two recent housing summits where all chief executives and directors of service for housing from all 31 local authorities attended. That was very much focused on housing delivery. As I mentioned earlier, we will deliver more social homes...

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

Questions Nos. 13 and 14 replied to with Written Answers.

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

Housing Schemes

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

Thomas Gould: 15. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government if he will provide an update on affordable housing in Cork city; and if he is satisfied with the progress of the scheme. [32973/22]

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

Thomas Gould: Will the Minister provide an update on affordable housing in Cork city? Is he satisfied with the progress the scheme is making?

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

Darragh O'Brien: As outlined in my response to an earlier question, two affordable housing fund supported schemes will deliver affordable housing in Cork city this year. Cork City Council has advised my Department that the first two phases of the Boherboy Road project in Cork city, involving a total of 117 affordable purchase homes, will see 37 of those homes completed. They will be advertised for purchase...

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

Thomas Gould: Cork City Council was only set a target of 78 affordable homes on average each year between now and 2025. That target is too low. Something the Minister has to be very aware of and the Government has to be extremely careful of is that they are creating the expectation for people who are trapped in a housing crisis that affordable homes and cost rentals will be delivered. The Minister...

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

Darragh O'Brien: There are further advance purchase schemes coming to us that are under consideration by me and the Department, because the affordable housing fund is open. It is an open call where we bring schemes forward, so the Deputy will see more than this being delivered. The Deputy will also see the first home scheme, which will support affordable purchases of new homes in the private market, and...

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

Darragh O'Brien: I thank the Deputies. I have been very clear. We need scientific evidence on this and it is being done independently through the review by the NSAI of the standard. We need scientific research and testing on infill as well. If the Deputies were on this side of the House they would do the same. We need to bring forward the legislative basis to provide for what is effectively a new scheme....

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

Pearse Doherty: I do not think the Minister answered the question. Maybe it was an issue of timing. The question I was asking was what happens if the NSAI comes back, as we expect it will, and says we need to deal with foundations. There are old Irish sayings about not building on sand. The idea of taxpayers' money going into building a structure on foundations that are at least questionable and are not...

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

Pádraig Mac Lochlainn: This goes to the nub of the issue. The Minister has given terms of reference to the SCSI and it has given him a costing. That instructs to a certain extent the cap of €420,000, which includes €20,000 for relocation so is really a cap of €400,000. I trust that if the foundations are tested and found to be in the same condition as the blocks, the NSAI will recommend that...

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