Written answers

Tuesday, 21 June 2022

Department of Housing, Planning, and Local Government

Rental Sector

Photo of Michael Healy-RaeMichael Healy-Rae (Kerry, Independent)
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246. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government if he will address a matter (details supplied) regarding land designations; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [32514/22]

Photo of Malcolm NoonanMalcolm Noonan (Carlow-Kilkenny, Green Party)
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The EU Biodiversity Strategy for 2030, launched by the European Commission in May 2020, proposes that by 2030, member states would legally protect at least 30% of the EU’s land and marine areas, and that 10% (or one-third of the protected areas) would be strictly protected. This is an overall EU target and discussions around how this will be achieved are ongoing. Fair and transparent burden-sharing among member states is a crucial consideration in discussions around implementation of the Strategy at national level.

An increased percentage of designated land at EU level and nationally is a core ambition of the EU Biodiversity Strategy.  Member States will be expected to demonstrate significant progress in designating new protected areas and integrating ecological corridors by the end 2023. On this basis the Commission will assess in 2024 whether new EU legislation or other further actions should be proposed.

The implementation of the EU Biodiversity Strategy will require significant buy-in from a variety of sectors and by landowners. Consideration will have to be given to the resources and funding needed to implement the Strategy, with regard to the implications for farming, forestry, fisheries and the commercial activities.

Throughout this process, I am committed to stakeholder engagement and my Department has already engaged with farming representative bodies and other Departments and will continue to do so as implementation of the Strategy continues in the coming years. 

Photo of Colm BurkeColm Burke (Cork North Central, Fine Gael)
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247. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government the status of the compliance with the new requirement for landlords to register their tenancies with the Residential Tenancies Board annually; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [32884/22]

Photo of Emer HigginsEmer Higgins (Dublin Mid West, Fine Gael)
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272. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government if he will report on the rate of compliance with the new requirement for landlords to register their tenancies with the Residential Tenancies Board annually. [32806/22]

Photo of Darragh O'BrienDarragh O'Brien (Dublin Fingal, Fianna Fail)
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I propose to take Questions Nos. 247 and 272 together.

The Residential Tenancies Board (RTB) was established as a quasi-judicial independent statutory body under the Residential Tenancies Acts 2004-2021 (RTA), to operate a national tenancy registration system and to facilitate the resolution of disputes between landlords and tenants.  

My Department does not collect the data sought. However, the Clerk of the Dáil requested that arrangements be put in place to facilitate the provision of information by State Bodies to members of the Oireachtas. Following the issue of Circular LG (P) 05/16 on 20 September 2016 from my Department, the RTB set up a dedicated email address for this purpose. The RTB may be contacted at OireachtasMembersQueries@rtb.ie to establish the extent to which it may hold the information sought.

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