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Ceisteanna (Atógáil) - Questions (Resumed) - Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: House Prices (5 May 2021)

Darragh O'Brien: I appreciate the opportunity to address this matter. I met virtually with the Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland and its representatives went through the report with me. It is a very informative and good piece of work, which the SCSI did with my senior officials. We have taken that work on and are continuing some collaborative work with the organisation. The reports, Real Cost of New...

Ceisteanna (Atógáil) - Questions (Resumed) - Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: House Prices (5 May 2021)

Eoin Ó Broin: This issue has a wider relevance than just first-time buyers. Last year, only 1,000 of the 5,000 or so real social homes that were delivered were directly delivered by local authorities and approved housing bodies, and more than half of them were turnkey properties. I do not object to turnkeys. They deliver social homes but the price paid is far higher if they are acquired when all-in...

Climate Action and Low Carbon Development (Amendment) Bill 2021: Second Stage (Resumed) (5 May 2021)

Catherine Connolly: I thank the Deputy. We are over time.

Climate Action and Low Carbon Development (Amendment) Bill 2021: Second Stage (Resumed) (5 May 2021)

Jackie Cahill: -----will result in the forestry sector being decimated and in financial ruin. It would be a pity for rural Ireland if the forestry sector is let down by the failure of the Department to issue licences.

Climate Action and Low Carbon Development (Amendment) Bill 2021: Second Stage (Resumed) (5 May 2021)

Debate adjourned.

Ceisteanna (Atógáil) - Questions (Resumed) - Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions (5 May 2021)

Ceisteanna (Atógáil) - Questions (Resumed) - Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Social and Affordable Housing (5 May 2021)

Social and Affordable Housing

Ceisteanna (Atógáil) - Questions (Resumed) - Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Social and Affordable Housing (5 May 2021)

Eoin Ó Broin: 28. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government his views on whether costs of between €18,000 and €28,000 per unit per year for 25-year long-term leases represent value for money for the taxpayer in view of the rising cost of long-term leasing and Part V long-term leasing and given that building or buying social homes by local authorities and approved housing...

Ceisteanna (Atógáil) - Questions (Resumed) - Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Social and Affordable Housing (5 May 2021)

Eoin Ó Broin: As I am sure the Minister is aware, 48 leasing projects have been approved by his Department so far this year, totalling approximately 603 leased units. The average cost of those leases is €18,000 per year. That is €451,000 per unit over the lifetime of the lease. Does he believe that represents good value for money and the best way to deliver long-term social housing to...

Ceisteanna (Atógáil) - Questions (Resumed) - Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Social and Affordable Housing (5 May 2021)

Darragh O'Brien: I thank the Deputy for his question. As he will know, the Government's stated objective is to focus strongly on new build activity and, in particular, local authority-led new build activity. The latter will comprise 9,500 of the target of 12,750 set down for this year. The new ambition under the programme for Government is to deliver 50,000 new social houses primarily through new build....

Ceisteanna (Atógáil) - Questions (Resumed) - Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Social and Affordable Housing (5 May 2021)

Eoin Ó Broin: I thank the Minister. The data to which I referred is from this year. He is absolutely correct about the average cost last year. The difficulty is that the origin of leasing is back in 2008, 2009 and 2010, when there was no capital funding. We know from a report published by the Irish Government Economic and Evaluation Service, IGEES, in 2018 that long-term leasing represents very bad...

Ceisteanna (Atógáil) - Questions (Resumed) - Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Social and Affordable Housing (5 May 2021)

Darragh O'Brien: It is a fair question. It is timely in the sense that tomorrow evening the House will take Second Stage of the Planning and Development (Amendment) (Repeal of Part V Leasing) Bill 2021 brought forward by Deputy Cian O'Callaghan. I have indicated that the Government will support that Bill moving to Committee Stage. To be frank, Part V leasing has been up to now a very small part of overall...

Ceisteanna (Atógáil) - Questions (Resumed) - Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Social and Affordable Housing (5 May 2021)

Eoin Ó Broin: Part of my concern is that, as we know, the Government's previous targets for leasing were always significantly behind. For example, 2,000 were to be delivered last year according to the target set the year before but, of course, only half of that figure was delivered. What has changed, however, is market sentiment. There has been a significant increase in the desire of institutional...

Ceisteanna (Atógáil) - Questions (Resumed) - Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Social and Affordable Housing (5 May 2021)

Darragh O'Brien: It is being assessed and evaluated. I want to review it. As the Deputy will know, we have just over 20,000 tenants in leased properties. The cost of that to the Exchequer is €250 million per annum. They are secure homes for people right now and we have to ensure that continues to be supported through the social housing current expenditure programme, SHCEP. There is a distinct...

Ceisteanna (Atógáil) - Questions (Resumed) - Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Social and Affordable Housing (5 May 2021)

Catherine Connolly: Go raibh maith agat, a Aire.

Ceisteanna (Atógáil) - Questions (Resumed) - Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Social and Affordable Housing (5 May 2021)

Darragh O'Brien: We will come back to it. It is being reviewed.

Climate Action and Low Carbon Development (Amendment) Bill 2021: Second Stage (Resumed) (5 May 2021)

Jackie Cahill: I come from an agricultural background. Before I was elected to this House, I spent a long number of years representing farmers. We run a family farm in County Tipperary and I am delighted the next generation is taking on that mantle. I want to ensure he is economically sustainable on that farm and that he can make a living like I did before him, his grandfather did before me and the...

Climate Action and Low Carbon Development (Amendment) Bill 2021: Second Stage (Resumed) (5 May 2021)

Éamon Ó Cuív: Tá an-áthas orm deis a bheith agam labhairt ar an ábhar fíorthábhachtach seo. Ar ndóigh, is fada atáimid ag caint air seo. Go minic, is mó caint a dhéanaimid agus is mó aer te a chuirimid ar fáil, seachas gníomh. Ní hionann dlíthe a achtú agus gníomh a dhéanamh. Mura ndéanaimid gníomh de...

Climate Action and Low Carbon Development (Amendment) Bill 2021: Second Stage (Resumed) (5 May 2021)

Francis Noel Duffy: I thank the Minister for introducing this long-awaited Bill. Rachel Carson'sSilent Spring, published in 1962, inspired the modern environmental movement, which began in earnest a decade later. It is recognised as the environmental text that changes the world. The following quote, first published 59 years ago, still rings true today: We stand now where two roads diverge. But unlike the...

Climate Action and Low Carbon Development (Amendment) Bill 2021: Second Stage (Resumed) (5 May 2021)

Catherine Connolly: Fáiltím roimh an deis cainte sa díospóireacht seo. Is é an Bille seo an Bille is tábhachtaí a chuirfimid tríd na Dála seo. Níl aon amhras orm faoi sin. Tá gá le leasuithe níos láidre chun a chinntiú go ndéanfaidh an Rialtas seo, agus cibé rialtais a bheidh againn sa todhchaí, beart de réir...

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