Wednesday, 20 May 2020
Department of Housing, Planning, and Local Government
In accordance with the Housing (Traveller Accommodation) Act 1998, housing authorities have statutory responsibility for the assessment of the accommodation needs of Travellers and the preparation, adoption and implementation of multi-annual Traveller Accommodation Programmes (TAPs) in their areas. My Department’s role is to ensure that there are adequate structures and supports in place to assist the authorities in providing such accommodation, including a national framework of policy, legislation and funding.
Data in relation to the allocations and drawdowns of funding for Traveller-specific accommodation, by local authority, in 2019 are set out in the following table. In 2020, to facilitate ease of access to such funding, my Department is no longer allocating specific budgets to individual local authorities from the €14.5m in funding available overall. Instead, it is open to all local authorities to apply for and drawdown funds at any time through the year and this is actively encouraged by my Department. Details of the drawdowns by individual local authorities to date in 2020 are also set out in the following table.
|County Council||Allocation 2019 |
|Drawdown 2019 |
|Drawdown 2020 |
|Dun Laoghaire / Rathdown||-||32,834||-|
|South Dublin||130,557||106,719|| |