Tuesday, 17 June 2014
Department of Environment, Community and Local Government
Thatching Grants Eligibility
469. To ask the Minister for Environment, Community and Local Government if grant assistance will be provided to assist in the replacement of a pitched thatched roof at the property (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [25990/14]
Under my Department’s grant scheme for the renewal or repair of thatched roofs a grant of up to €3,810 or two thirds of the approved cost, whichever is the lesser, may be payable in respect of necessary works to renew or repair the thatched roofs of houses. A higher grant of up to €5,714 may be payable where the house is situated on certain specified islands off the West and South coasts. In the case of medical card holders, a grant of up to €6,350, or up to 80% of the approved cost, may be payable in respect of houses situated on the mainland, rising to €8,252 where the house is situated on a specified off-shore island.
It is a condition of the grant scheme, which was introduced in 2001, that the house is occupied as the applicant’s normal place of residence on completion of the approved works, irrespective of location. No application has been received in my Department from the person in question.