Written answers

Wednesday, 20 May 2020

Department of Housing, Planning, and Local Government

Traveller Accommodation

Photo of Eoin Ó BroinEoin Ó Broin (Dublin Mid West, Sinn Fein)
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1327. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government the allocation and drawdown by each local authority of their Traveller accommodation budget in tabular form. [5732/20]

Photo of Damien EnglishDamien English (Meath West, Fine Gael)
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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

Carlow 70,000 381,898 -
Cavan 95,458 94,500 -
Clare 635,000 669,389 -
Cork City 275,799 42,319 1,286,109
Cork County 258,390 184,745 -
Donegal 161,816 - 8,230
Dublin City 1,628,695 895,197 184,973
Dun Laoghaire / Rathdown - 32,834 -
Fingal - 848,957 -
Galway City - - 24,000
Galway County 1,412,596 670,440 24,034
Kerry 77,200 75,131 5,928
Kildare 1,000,000 360,231  

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Kilkenny 21,682 408,856 640
Laois - - 179,796
Leitrim 178,390 -

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Limerick City 1,015,179 1,424,782 430,255
Longford 2,922 -

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Louth 132,531 341,863 -
Mayo - - -
Meath 75,000 91,790 -
Monaghan 100,000 - -
Offaly 815,117 692,329 -
Roscommon 253,084 73,843 -
Sligo 1,435,913 1,131,397

512,676
South Dublin 130,557 106,719

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Tipperary 25,655 - -
Waterford City 170,000 77,562 -
Westmeath 100,000 - -
Wexford 335,000 52,870 -
Wicklow 104,533 - -
Reserve 2,489,484
Total allocation 10,510,516
TOTAL 13,000,000 8,657,652.00 2,656,641

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