Written answers

Thursday, 15 October 2020

Department of Defence

Defence Forces Properties

Duncan Smith (Dublin Fingal, Labour)
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168. To ask the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence his plans to invest in accommodation to be provided to military families to ease the financial burdens on them; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [30703/20]

Photo of Simon CoveneySimon Coveney (Cork South Central, Fine Gael)
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The provision of local authority, social and/or affordable housing is a matter in the first instance for the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government.

The provision of married quarters to serving personnel is no longer provided. There has been a long standing established policy since the late 1990's to withdraw from the provision of housing quarters for Defence Forces personnel. The policy has been given effect on a gradual basis and accordingly long term residential accommodation is no longer provided.

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