Wednesday, 21 April 2021
Department of Housing, Planning, and Local Government
Local Authority Housing
675. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government the status of a project (details supplied); if Dublin City Council ever submitted a cost-benefit analysis or capital appraisal to his Department in relation to this area; if a consultancy was engaged by Dublin City Council between 2007 and 2010; if they supplied various submissions after consultations with residents; if so, the cost of this exercise; his plans to progress this; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [18297/21]
676. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government if the study by his Department in relation to a project (details supplied) will acknowledge that this is not a new application but rather a legacy issue and that funding was already approved back in 2008; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [18298/21]
I propose to take Questions Nos. 675 and 676 together.
Dublin City Council applied for funding approval for improvement works at Canon Mooney Gardens under the Precinct Improvement Program (PIP) in 2010. The PIP was part of the Inner City Flat Complex program which ran from 1997-2012.
The Cost Benefit Analysis and Capital Appraisal referred to by the Deputy were requested by my Department in 2010 and 2011 as part of assessing submissions in relation to this program. These documents or any further submissions in respect of this project, were not received by my Department.
My Department are not aware of the consultancy mentioned by the Deputy.
The regular management and maintenance of local authority housing stock, is a matter for each relevant local authority, and it is open to each authority to address maintenance or improvements to their housing stock from within their own resources. However, my Department also supports local authorities to improve their social housing stock through a range of programmes including energy retrofitting, regeneration and refurbishment works to vacant properties in order to return these to productive use as quickly as possible.
My Department does not have any current funding submissions from Dublin City Council for the refurbishment of Canon Mooney Gardens in Ringsend. However, the Council advised my Department that its Area Housing Manager and his staff are in active engagement with the residents' committee of Canon Mooney Gardens with regards to exploring various options of environmental enhancements.