Written answers

Thursday, 6 May 2021

Department of Housing, Planning, and Local Government

Island Communities

Photo of Claire KerraneClaire Kerrane (Roscommon-Galway, Sinn Fein)
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57. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government the current funding allocation for housing on the islands; the number of social houses constructed on the islands in each of the past five years, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [23469/21]

Photo of Darragh O'BrienDarragh O'Brien (Dublin Fingal, Fianna Fail)
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The responsibility to develop social housing within their operational areas, including offshore islands, rests with the individual local authorities, working in partnership with Approved Housing Bodies. Targets are provided to each local authority for social housing delivery and it is a matter for the authority to decide on locations for new social housing based on their housing need. Accordingly, my Department does not allocate funding or set delivery targets for new social housing on the islands and it's a matter for the local authorities to make decisions in that regard.

For these reasons, my Department does not track delivery of social housing specifically on the islands, however statistics on social housing delivery by each local authority are available on my Department's website at the following link: . Further information should be available from the individual local authorities on their social housing delivery and the locations involved.

To provide further information on recent and planned social housing delivery, my Department publishes a quarterly 'Construction Status Report' which provides scheme level detail on new build activity in all local authorities. This provides information on the locations of the social housing projects listed. The most recent publication covers the period up to the end of Q4 2020 and is available at the following link: .


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