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Written answers

Thursday, 19 July 2012

Department of Environment, Community and Local Government

Social and Affordable Housing

5:00 pm

Photo of Dessie EllisDessie Ellis (Dublin North West, Sinn Fein)
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Question 501: To ask the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government the current average cost of building a social housing unit. [36384/12]

Photo of Dessie EllisDessie Ellis (Dublin North West, Sinn Fein)
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Question 502: To ask the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government if he will provide an estimated cost of building 5,000 social housing units across the State over a 12 month period. [36385/12]

Photo of Jan O'SullivanJan O'Sullivan (Limerick City, Labour)
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I propose to take Questions Nos. 501 and 502 together.

Given the move away from large-scale and resource-intensive social housing construction programmes by local authorities and the consequent absence of representative tender prices, there is no evidence-base to support the compilation of accurate costings for the construction of social houses. However, based on the most recent proposals received from 32 local authorities for the construction of some 185 social houses, by way of small infill developments, the average cost of providing a social housing unit is around €162,000. These figures are, for the most part, based on cost estimates for a range of house types and actual cost may only be determined once tenders have been received.

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