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

Emer Higgins: 37. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government the status of progress regarding the town centre first initiative; when this process is likely to conclude and be implemented; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [22615/21]

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

Seán Canney: 44. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government if he will introduce a scheme to support owners of buildings within towns and villages to refurbish these properties and bring them into use as residential units within town and village centres; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [22874/21]

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

Emer Higgins: We need foreign investment in our housing markets but we need it to stimulate the supply of housing by funding the building of apartment blocks. We do not need what happened in Maynooth. That is the exact opposite of what young couples of my age who want to own their own homes need. That is why we need the Minister to limit the powers of these investment funds. They should not be allowed...

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

Peter Burke: I propose to take Questions Nos. 37 and 44 together. While our towns and villages have shown remarkable resilience through the recent crisis, they require specific policy supports to ensure they will continue to function as viable, vibrant and attractive locations for people to live, work and raise families, to act and serve as cultural and recreational hubs for the surrounding areas and...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Housing Issues (5 May 2021)

Darragh O'Brien: It is about the delivery of the capital plan. The Deputy is correct, in that Mitchelstown, Glanmire and Midleton have capacity issues. He has raised this with me before. We need to see the delivery of the capital programme. I am happy to meet the Deputy regarding these specific issues in the towns in question. We will not be able to deliver the affordable homes we need for working people...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Housing Issues (5 May 2021)

James O'Connor: I thank the Minister for his very good answers on affordable housing. This is of enormous concern to many younger buyers. As the youngest Member of the Oireachtas, I hear these concerns almost every day from people who are struggling to access housing in their communities. I am delighted to hear that Cork County Council is facilitating some of the very first developments under the...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Housing Issues (5 May 2021)

Darragh O'Brien: Affordable housing and its delivery for working people are central to the Government’s response to the housing crisis. As a Government, we believe in homeownership. It is a just and honest aspiration and it is one that should be supported by the State. That is why the affordable housing Bill we published yesterday is so important. It is to deliver a suite of measures to people all...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Flexible Work Practices (5 May 2021)

Flexible Work Practices

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Flexible Work Practices (5 May 2021)

Jennifer Carroll MacNeill: 35. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government the policies to support local authorities to continue new work practices implemented during the Covid-19 pandemic that are more family friendly for councillors and council staff; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [22889/21]

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Flexible Work Practices (5 May 2021)

Jennifer Carroll MacNeill: I am raising with the Minister of State this evening the opportunity to continue with some of the work practices of local authority staff and councillors that have emerged during the Covid pandemic. Adopting the new flexible working practices we have seen has led to a better and more balanced way of life for many people and their communities. There will be less pressure on public transport...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Flexible Work Practices (5 May 2021)

Peter Burke: I thank the Deputy for her question. Similar to other sectors, the local authority sector will continue to make available flexible working, remote working and family-friendly arrangements that facilitate work-life balance while ensuring the delivery of all local authority services. Consideration of family-friendly working practices is particularly important in ensuring that elected councils...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Flexible Work Practices (5 May 2021)

Jennifer Carroll MacNeill: I thank the Minister of State for all his work in this area. It is so important in supporting people going into local politics, attracting a more diverse group and keeping them. The Minister will be aware that while Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, which is in my area, is the first with a 50:50 gender balance, two of its female councillors, namely, Councillors Lorraine Hall and...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Flexible Work Practices (5 May 2021)

Peter Burke: I thank the Deputy. It is great news that Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown is reflective of society at large. It is important to have a gender balance in our local authorities that reflects the communities they serve. Councillor Lorraine Hall is on our committee. On foot of the Moorhead report’s recommendations on the non-pay items, we have established a sub-group to examine maternity...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Flexible Work Practices (5 May 2021)

Jennifer Carroll MacNeill: I thank the Minister of State for the update on that work. It is such welcome work and it is so important. There has been a big change for council staff. We are hearing reports from councillors to the effect that, in many ways, they have been even more accessible in recent months because people have been sharing mobile phone numbers and so on. That has made connectivity much easier,...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Flexible Work Practices (5 May 2021)

Peter Burke: I thank the Deputy for her comments. As she rightly stated, flexibility is so important for our local authority workers. They can avail of many family-friendly, supported policies that will be enhanced and continued. We are talking about career breaks, flexible working, the work-sharing scheme, parental leave, paternity leave, parent's leave, maternity leave, carer's leave and associated...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Irish Water (5 May 2021)

David Stanton: I thank the Minister of State for his response. There does seem to be an issue in that many people feel that Irish Water has a shortage of money. All the questions before now have been about housing, and I am sure the Minister of State realises that in many parts of the country housing development is frozen in many towns. In Mitchelstown in my own constituency, and in Midleton and...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Irish Water (5 May 2021)

Jennifer Carroll MacNeill: I wish to highlight the same issue in my own area. I thank the Minister of State for meeting representatives from my area about the Irish Water difficulty in Dún Laoghaire and the waste network that needs urgent upgrading. I thank him for providing the report on what Irish Water is doing to identify the scale of the issue and replace it, but it is a really urgent problem right across...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Irish Water (5 May 2021)

Malcolm Noonan: The Minister, Deputy Darragh O'Brien and I met with SOS Dublin Bay last week to discuss some of these issues. We will get a response from Irish Water on that. To reassure Deputy Stanton, the investment by this Government will be significant over its lifetime and that is reflected in the 2021 allocation and the €87 million that was invested in Irish Water through the July stimulus...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Irish Water (5 May 2021)

David Stanton: I recognise the huge investment and amount of work being done by the hard-working people in Irish Water but that does not take away from the fact that there are towns such as Mitchelstown, Midleton and Castlemartyr in my constituency and maybe other towns around the country that are frozen and locked out of housing development because of a lack of infrastructure. Will the Minister of State...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Irish Water (5 May 2021)

Fergus O'Dowd: I wish to bring to the Minister of State's attention that Irish Water is failing in its duty of care on the management of its assets in Drogheda in County Louth and that for the first time ever, the EPA has issued an instruction to Irish Water that if it does not manage its resources properly, it will be prosecuted. There is a stench emanating from the waste water treatment plant. One of...

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