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Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Urban Renewal Schemes (5 May 2021)

Emer Higgins: I thank the Minister of State for that reply. Remote working can really help us with our housing plans as well as it will give people the freedom to live outside of our urban town centres and big population areas. I will take this opportunity to commend the Government for the approval the Cabinet gave for the new Housing for All initiatives this week. We will have our first scheme for...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Urban Renewal Schemes (5 May 2021)

Catherine Connolly: Before the Minister of State responds, two more Deputies wish to speak.

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Urban Renewal Schemes (5 May 2021)

David Stanton: Does the Minister agree with the report of Chambers Ireland, made available last year, which states that, if all vacant properties in towns, villages and cities around the country were made available, 18,000 new homes could be activated? Does he agree that this would require incentives and a carrot-and-stick approach? I am sure the Minister of State knows, as I do, that there are small...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Urban Renewal Schemes (5 May 2021)

Kieran O'Donnell: I have spoken to the Minister and told him that I welcome the return of the requirement for 10% of homes in new estates to be sold as affordable housing. It is a measure that should never have been dropped. It should have been continued. It is a sustainable model. It goes without saying that it is highly important that towns and villages be rejuvenated but I ask that this be done in a...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Urban Renewal Schemes (5 May 2021)

Peter Burke: I thank Deputy Higgins for her comments, for articulating aspects of the affordable housing Bill and for all her good work on the Joint Committee on Housing, Local Government and Heritage. She has been very articulate on it. On the comments of the other Members, Deputy Stanton has raised the issue of derelict homes on a number of occasions. We have a stick approach in the form of the...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Mica Redress Scheme (5 May 2021)

Mica Redress Scheme

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Mica Redress Scheme (5 May 2021)

Pádraig Mac Lochlainn: 38. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government if he will carry out an urgent review of the financial assistance offered by the State under the defective concrete blocks grant scheme on the basis of the applications received to date by Donegal County Council and the serious concerns of affected families across the county. [22859/21]

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Mica Redress Scheme (5 May 2021)

Pádraig Mac Lochlainn: I ask the Minister to urgently review the defective concrete blocks scheme as it applies in Donegal. He will be aware that a large number of families have engaged with the scheme, which is simply not fit for purpose. I ask him to listen to the many voices from Donegal he is hearing and to urgently carry out a review of the scheme to see how it can be made fit for purpose and help families...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Mica Redress Scheme (5 May 2021)

Darragh O'Brien: I thank Deputy Mac Lochlainn for the question. I have met many of those homeowners. I was actually in Donegal last summer, as the Deputy will know, when we opened the scheme for applications. I have quite a lot of personal experience with this type of remediation scheme. I was involved with the pyrite remediation scheme, going back to 2011, with the late Minister of State, Shane McEntee,...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Mica Redress Scheme (5 May 2021)

Pádraig Mac Lochlainn: As the Minister knows, the Mica Action Group campaigned for many years. The Minister referred to the pyrite scheme for families in Dublin and north Leinster. That scheme was 100% funded. We in Donegal have always felt let down in that our scheme was 90% funded. We were, however, relieved to have some type of a scheme. The difficulty right now is that the limits for a complete rebuild of...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Mica Redress Scheme (5 May 2021)

Darragh O'Brien: I am not being confrontational on this in any way, shape or form. I have engaged extensively with the group and with homeowners in the area. To put this in context regarding the cost of remediation, the Deputy referenced the pyrite remediation scheme. The average cost of remediation under this scheme was between €60,000 and €80,000 per home. The average cost in respect of...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Climate Action Plan (5 May 2021)

Climate Action Plan

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Climate Action Plan (5 May 2021)

Fergus O'Dowd: 36. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government the work that is being undertaken to ensure that the planning system supports the overall efforts for decarbonisation of society in Ireland; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [23099/21]

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Climate Action Plan (5 May 2021)

Fergus O'Dowd: Will the Minister of State ensure that the planning system supports the overall efforts for the decarbonisation of society? I welcome the decarbonising zones that have been identified, with one per county. Where the planning system is not working, however, is that a town such as Drogheda, one of the five national growth centres, has not been selected in addition to Dundalk. I welcome...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Climate Action Plan (5 May 2021)

Peter Burke: The climate action plan 2019 reaffirmed the important role of planning and the national planning framework in supporting national decarbonisation objectives. A top priority of the national planning framework is compact growth and its inter-relationship with sustainable mobility and transport. Compact growth is also a strategic response to counteract urban sprawl, which results in a high...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Climate Action Plan (5 May 2021)

Fergus O'Dowd: I ask the Minister of State to answer the question I asked about decarbonisation zones. I welcome his analysis and all the work that has been done. He referred to the national planning framework. Drogheda is designated in the framework as a national growth centre but because the selection of decarbonisation zones is limited to one per county, the largest town in Ireland, the next to become...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Climate Action Plan (5 May 2021)

Peter Burke: The initial question referred to the overall strategy for the decarbonisation of society. Action 165 of the climate action plan specifically requires the identification of one location or area in a local authority that will be subject to a plan for a decarbonisation zone. Thereafter, follow-up steps could include harnessing the potential to develop a low-carbon town project for future calls...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Climate Action Plan (5 May 2021)

Fergus O'Dowd: I accept that Drogheda was not mentioned in the initial question, but I mentioned it in the question I have since asked the Minister of State. I ask him now, simply and respectfully, to examine the issue. One would expect that when a town has been identified as a major national growth centre, it would be included as a designated decarbonisation zone in order that it can take full and proper...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Climate Action Plan (5 May 2021)

Peter Burke: I accept the question from the floor. It is difficult to comment, given that I do not have in front of me the detail on a particular town and I am talking about the broader policy. I will engage with the Department and revert to the Deputy on the matter. As I stated, each local authority was mandated to put forward one area for selection as a decarbonisation zone. We can discuss Drogheda...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Urban Renewal Schemes (5 May 2021)

Urban Renewal Schemes

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