Written answers

Thursday, 17 November 2022

Department of Housing, Planning, and Local Government

Ukraine War

Photo of Seán SherlockSeán Sherlock (Cork East, Labour)
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181. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government the number of vacant properties that have been refurbished for use as accommodation for Ukrainians. [57090/22]

Photo of Darragh O'BrienDarragh O'Brien (Dublin Fingal, Fianna Fail)
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My Department is continuing to work closely with local authorities and the Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth (DCEDIY), as well as engaging with private owners, the Department of Justice, the OPW, the HSE, and the Department of Education to identify, refurbish, and bring into use, multi-unit vacant properties that may be suitable and available as accommodation for beneficiaries of temporary protection from Ukraine. 

Final decisions on whether such properties progress for use, including whether they are suitable for refurbishment or conversion into multi-unit emergency accommodation for Ukrainian refugees are made by DCEDIY with input from my Department. 

The table below provides an overview of the Programme:

- No. of Projects Capacity
Completed or works advanced 10 435
Procurement Underway 23 873
Survey under review 1 26
Further information/consideration required 44 1380
Total in Scope November 2022 78 2714

In cases where buildings identified as vacant do not require refurbishment, my Department notifies DCEDIY, so that the appropriate follow up can take place. To date, approximately 30 such properties have been notified to the DCEDIY.


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