Written answers

Thursday, 19 January 2023

Department of Housing, Planning, and Local Government

International Protection

Photo of Michael RingMichael Ring (Mayo, Fine Gael)
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237. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government the number of instances in which a statutory instrument (details supplied) has been invoked; the locations of the developments concerned, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [2680/23]

Photo of Darragh O'BrienDarragh O'Brien (Dublin Fingal, Fianna Fail)
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The European Union (Planning and Development) (Displaced Persons from Ukraine Temporary Protection) Regulations 2022 were introduced in response to the emerging Ukrainian crisis. The Regulations give effect to Council Directive No 2001/55 EC and Council Implementing Decision EU 2022/382 of 04 March 2022 (European Council Decision) to provide immediate protection in EU countries for persons displaced by the Russian invasion of Ukraine, including the need to provide emergency accommodation and support to these displaced persons.

The Regulations provide that the provisions of the Planning and Development Act 2000 (other than the environmental considerations in Sections 181A to 181C) will not apply to certain classes of development by or on behalf of a State Authority for the purposes of providing temporary protection to displaced persons as specified in the Regulations.

As developments provided under these Regulations are exempt from planning permission, my Department does not compile statistics in this regard and individual local authorities should be contacted for the information sought.


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