Written answers

Thursday, 1 April 2021

Department of Housing, Planning, and Local Government

Departmental Data

Photo of Catherine MurphyCatherine Murphy (Kildare North, Social Democrats)
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154. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government if a schedule will be provided of the data sets, databases and file types his Department has shared with the Department of Health since 2000. [17975/21]

Photo of Darragh O'BrienDarragh O'Brien (Dublin Fingal, Fianna Fail)
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The scope of the question is very broad and compilation of the information sought would involve a disproportionate amount of time and work, as it would require all areas of my Department's extensive range of activities to be checked in respect of a 20 year period.

Based on the information that is readily accessible to my Department in the time available, no specific flows of personal data from my Department to the Department of Health have been identified.

I am aware that, as part of the Housing First National Implementation Group, the Department of Health is provided with an update on the number of individuals currently in a Housing First tenancy and the number of new tenancies created in the previous month. The Group meets every 2-3 months and these updates are provided to the Department prior to each meeting. These figures are tabulated by my Department from returns provided by lead local authorities. They are provided in Word document format with tables outlining the national total and the figures by local authority. Although these constitute data provided to the Department of Health, no details are provided that relate to private individuals or officials. Aggregated figures are given. No private individual or official is identified and there is no personal information in relation to any identifiable individual.


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