263. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government if he will remain responsible for Leader, the social inclusion and community activation programme and the scheme to support national organisations; and if not, the Minister who will assume primary responsibility. (Question 15748/16 asked on 14 Jun 2016 - Ministerial Responsibilities)

Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government (Deputy Simon Coveney): Responsibility for the LEADER programme has transferred to the Minister for Arts, Heritage & the Gaeltacht. Responsibility for the Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme (SICAP) and other community-related functions, including the scheme to support national organisations, remains with my Department.
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188. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government the amount allocated to each estate regeneration project in each of the years 2007 to 2016 to date. (Question 14135/16 asked on 02 Jun 2016 - Regeneration Projects)

Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government(Deputy Simon Coveney): I propose to take Questions Nos. 188 and 189 together.
The information requested is being compiled and will be forwarded to the Deputy as soon as possible.
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189. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government the annual housing budget his Department allocated to Dublin City Council including the amount allocated to regeneration projects and if the money was fully drawn down in each of the years 2006 to 2016 to date, in tabular form; the housing projects, by Dublin local authority, by housing body, by those granted, by grant given, by the number of dwellings proposed, then authorised, by the number of applications refused; by commencement date and by rejection date, in each of the years 2011 to 2016 to date, in tabular form. (Question 14136/16 asked on 02 Jun 2016 - Regeneration Projects)

Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government(Deputy Simon Coveney): I propose to take Questions Nos. 188 and 189 together.
The information requested is being compiled and will be forwarded to the Deputy as soon as possible.
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190. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government his future policy on and commitment to delivering social, economic, cultural and environmental goals in regeneration areas with particular regard to the level of resource allocation given a statement (details supplied). (Question 14137/16 asked on 02 Jun 2016 - Regeneration Projects Funding)

Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government (Deputy Simon Coveney): My Department’s regeneration programme targets the country’s most disadvantaged communities; those defined by the most extreme social exclusion, unemployment and anti-social behaviour. Regeneration seeks to rebuild these communities by addressing not just the physical environment in which they live but also by investing in the social and economic development of the areas. This Government has confirmed its cont...

316. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government the minimum distance limit between accommodation units on temporary Traveller halting sites. (Question 9090/16 asked on 04 May 2016 - Traveller Accommodation)

Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government (Deputy Alan Kelly): Section 8.14 of the Guidelines for Traveller Accommodation - Basic Services and Facilities for Caravans Pending the Provision of Permanent Accommodation (1998), as provided for under section 29 of the Housing (Traveller Accommodation) Act 1998, sets out that, generally, there should be a minimum separation distance of 6m between caravans and 9m between a caravan and a building or other structure. These distances m...

466. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government if he will make a decision on the application for funding by Dublin City Council for the roll-out of phase two of the fabric upgrade insulation programme for its housing stock, including those houses which are of solid wall construction most of which are older stock; if he will introduce a pilot scheme for Ballyfermot, Crumlin and Drimnagh first; and if sufficient funding is not available to roll out a retrofitting insulation programme to tackle heat loss in all such inefficient Dublin City Council houses, which contributes to fuel poverty. (Question 2811/16 asked on 26 Jan 2016 - Local Authority Housing Maintenance)

Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government (Deputy Alan Kelly): I will announce 2016 funding allocations to local authorities shortly in respect of the continuing programme of insulation retrofitting for social housing. Funding of some €8 2 million has been provided from 2013 to 2015 to support the authorities in improving the energy performance of older local authority housing stock, resulting in improved energy efficiency and comfort levels, and therefore Building Energy Rat...

831. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government to outline his plans to recoup the €100 water conservation grant from recipients who have not paid the water charges; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 1140/16 asked on 13 Jan 2016 - Water Conservation Grant)

Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government (Deputy Alan Kelly): The Water Services Act 2014 (Water Conservation Grant) Regulations 2015 governed the operation of the 2015 Water Conservation Grant scheme. Under regulation 5(1) a person who registered with Irish Water, as required under section 5(2)(a) of the Water Services Act 2014, on or before 30 June 2015 was eligible to receive the grant in 2015 if they were normally resident at the principal private residence on that date....

850. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government the number of annual subscriptions to external membership bodies and groups his Department has, including the cost and details. (Question 46744/15 asked on 13 Jan 2016 - Departmental Expenditure)

Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government (Deputy Alan Kelly): Expenditure by my Department in respect of external membership of bodies and groups in 2015 other than subscriptions to certain international bodies and Conventions such as bodies under the auspices of the United Nations is outlined in the tables below. Fees to professional bodies are reimbursed in certain circumstances such as where there is a legal requirement for a staff member to be registered with a professio...

851. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government the number of annual subscriptions to newspapers or magazines his Department has including the cost and details. (Question 46745/15 asked on 13 Jan 2016 - Departmental Expenditure)

Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government (Deputy Alan Kelly): The following table sets out the information in relation to newspapers, magazines or academic/scientific/technical journals that are acquired by my Department on the basis of annual subscriptions. 
 Supplier Details Amount American Meteorological Society Membership and Subscriptions for Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society (BAMS), Journal of Applied Meteorology & Climatology, Journal of C...

852. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government the annual cost to his Department of advertisements placed on its behalf in newspapers, magazines, television and radio and social media. (Question 46746/15 asked on 13 Jan 2016 - Departmental Advertising Expenditure)

Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government (Deputy Alan Kelly): The annual cost to my Department of advertising will vary from year to year depending on the work programme and the need for advertising. Excluding expenditure on the annual Fire Safety campaign, my Department incurred costs of €144,143.11 on advertising in 2015, including notices placed in Iris Oifigiúil. €361,190 was expended in 2015 on the annual Fire Safety advertising campaign. 
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862. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government the percentage of households on local authority housing lists in receipt of rent supplement, by local authority area. (Question 1055/16 asked on 13 Jan 2016 - Rent Supplement Scheme Data)

Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government (Deputy Alan Kelly): The 2013 Summary of Social Housing Assessments identified some 89,872 households nationally as qualified as being in need of social housing supports. These results are the most up-to-date and reliable figures currently available. Of this overall number, 46,584 or 52% were found to be dependent on rent supplement. The results of the 2013 summary provide details on the number of qualified households in private ren...

175. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government while respecting the need to protect confidentiality, if he will provide a full report, without names or contact details and so on, on the tendering process for the modular housing in Poppintree in Ballymun, Dublin 11; the criteria agreed to assess applications; the number of applications expressing interest; the number of companies that made full applications; the comparative cost analysis of the different applications; who oversaw the process; the reason for choosing the successful tender; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 43166/15 asked on 02 Dec 2015 - Social and Affordable Housing Provision)

Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government (Deputy Alan Kelly): My Department’s role in relation to homelessness involves the provision of a national framework of policy, legislation and funding to underpin the role of housing authorities in addressing homelessness at local level.  Statutory responsibility in relation to the provision of accommodation for homeless persons rests with individual housing authorities and, in that context, the procurement matters raised in the Quest...

551. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government why there is such a delay in an application by a person (details supplied) in Dublin 4 for a home care grant. (Question 42787/15 asked on 01 Dec 2015 - Housing Adaptation Grant Applications)

Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government (Deputy Alan Kelly): The Housing Adaptation Grant Schemes for Older People and People with a Disability are administered by local authorities, in this case Dublin City Council, with funding from my Department. There is no difficulty with funding availability under the schemes from my Department and I understand that Dublin City Council is in contact with the applicant in the matter. 
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571. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government if a review (details supplied) on planning matters has been completed; when it will be published; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 42636/15 asked on 01 Dec 2015 - Planning Issues)

Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government (Deputy Alan Kelly): I propose to take Questions Nos. 571 and 583 together.
MacCabe Durney Barnes Consultants were appointed in February 2014 to carry out an independent planning review on the performance of planning functions having regard to specific planning issues in respect of six planning authorities (Carlow, Cork, Galway and Meath County Councils and Cork and Dublin City Councils) in accordance with section 255 of the Planning a...

583. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government if a consultancy company (details supplied) was appointed in February 2014 to carry out an independent planning review on the performance of planning functions of the six selected planning authorities in Carlow, Cork, Galway and Meath County Councils, and in Cork and Dublin City Councils; if the review has been completed and when will it be published; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 42811/15 asked on 01 Dec 2015 - Planning Issues)

Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government (Deputy Alan Kelly): I propose to take Questions Nos. 571 and 583 together.
MacCabe Durney Barnes Consultants were appointed in February 2014 to carry out an independent planning review on the performance of planning functions having regard to specific planning issues in respect of six planning authorities (Carlow, Cork, Galway and Meath County Councils and Cork and Dublin City Councils) in accordance with section 255 of the Planning a...

537. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government when he will release the funding for the redevelopment of a park (details supplied) in Dublin 10; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 41346/15 asked on 24 Nov 2015 - Local Authority Functions)

Minister of State at the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government (Deputy Paudie Coffey): My Department issued approval to Dublin City Council on 13 August 2015 to proceed to tender stage for phase 1 of Labre Park Redevelopment, involving the reconstruction of three Traveller-Specific houses in Kylemore Grove, Labre Park. Funding in the amount of €499,400 in respect of the work has been approved. I understand from the Council that the closing date for receipt of tenders was...

538. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government if the Irish League of Credit Unions made a proposal to him which included €2 billion for local authority housing or social housing; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 41347/15 asked on 24 Nov 2015 - Local Authority Housing Provision)

Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government (Deputy Alan Kelly): I have recently received a submission from the Irish League of Credit Unions which contains a proposal setting out a means by which funding could be provided to Approved Housing Bodies by credit unions for the development of social housing. I welcome the willingness of credit unions to actively seek a role in financing the delivery of social housing. The submission is comprehensive and contains some progressive a...

235. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government the date the decision was taken to grant Leader funding to a marina (details supplied) in County Westmeath; who was involved in the decision; the date on which the money was released, given that Westmeath County Council was aware from early 2012 that the marina was an unauthorised development and the first enforcement order for the marina was signed in November 2012. (Question 41036/15 asked on 19 Nov 2015 - Leader Programmes Funding)

Minister of State at the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government (Deputy Ann Phelan): I propose to take Questions Nos. 235 to 238, inclusive, together.
Westmeath Community Development Ltd. are contracted to deliver the LEADER element of the Rural Development Programme 2007-2013 (RDP) in Westmeath and are the decision-makers in relation to the allocation of project funding. This is in line with the ‘bottom up’ approach to rural development. The decision to award funding to...

236. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government his views that it is acceptable that Leader funding be granted to an unauthorised development (details supplied) in County Westmeath that was built mainly outside the Waterways Ireland jurisdiction line, therefore built on property owned by the people of Ireland; and if he is aware that the area in question is a special protected area and a special area of conservation, which statuses have been ignored by the developers of the marina. (Question 41037/15 asked on 19 Nov 2015 - Leader Programmes Funding)

Minister of State at the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government (Deputy Ann Phelan): I propose to take Questions Nos. 235 to 238, inclusive, together.
Westmeath Community Development Ltd. are contracted to deliver the LEADER element of the Rural Development Programme 2007-2013 (RDP) in Westmeath and are the decision-makers in relation to the allocation of project funding. This is in line with the ‘bottom up’ approach to rural development. The decision to award funding to...

237. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government if he is aware that a company (details supplied) in County Westmeath is running as a full commercial business on property it does not own and does not have the right to run a commercial business on or out of; that Waterways Ireland, the relevant authority, has been aware of this for four years, has not done anything about it and does not seem to want to do anything about it; and if this is of concern to him. (Question 41038/15 asked on 19 Nov 2015 - Leader Programmes Funding)

Minister of State at the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government (Deputy Ann Phelan): I propose to take Questions Nos. 235 to 238, inclusive, together.
Westmeath Community Development Ltd. are contracted to deliver the LEADER element of the Rural Development Programme 2007-2013 (RDP) in Westmeath and are the decision-makers in relation to the allocation of project funding. This is in line with the ‘bottom up’ approach to rural development. The decision to award funding to...

238. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government if he or his Department has had any communication with the owner of a marina (details supplied) in County Westmeath regarding its sale of lands which it does not own, but which is owned by Waterways Ireland, in trust for the people of Ireland; and if he has not, if he will investigate this matter and act, if untoward activities are being carried out at the location. (Question 41039/15 asked on 19 Nov 2015 - Leader Programmes Funding)

Minister of State at the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government (Deputy Ann Phelan): I propose to take Questions Nos. 235 to 238, inclusive, together.
Westmeath Community Development Ltd. are contracted to deliver the LEADER element of the Rural Development Programme 2007-2013 (RDP) in Westmeath and are the decision-makers in relation to the allocation of project funding. This is in line with the ‘bottom up’ approach to rural development. The decision to award funding to...

242. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government if it is normal procedure for Leader funding to be used in the planning of a future development of an unauthorised marina (details supplied), on property built by Waterways Ireland, which was the subject of several warning letters, and from the documents attached shows it was the subject of an enforcement order from late 2012, many months before funding was paid out, which is contrary to the response to Parliamentary Question No. 914 of 24 March 2015 which stated incorrectly that the enforcement order came several months after the completion of the feasibility study and the grant payment. (Question 38869/15 asked on 05 Nov 2015 - Leader Programmes Administration)

Minister of State at the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government (Deputy Ann Phelan): The provision of LEADER funding is subject to compliance with both EU and national regulatory rules at all times.  This includes enforcement orders issued by local authorities.
In relation to the marina referred to by the Deputy in the details supplied, I am advised that funding was awarded and paid in respect of a feasibility study, which inter alia examined the project promoter’s existin...

1031. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government the status of the tenant purchase scheme; and when he expects the local authorities to be in a position to sell council homes to tenants. (Question 37199/15 asked on 03 Nov 2015 - Tenant Purchase Scheme Administration)

Minister of State at the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government (Deputy Paudie Coffey): My colleague, the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government has signed the statutory instruments required to enable the new scheme for the tenant purchase of existing local authority houses along incremental purchase lines to come into operation on 1 January 2016. The new year commencement will allow time for housing authorities to familiarise themselves with the new ...

348. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government his views on the proposals for the refurbishment of housing units at Jamestown Court in Inchicore in Dublin 8, for which planning permission was granted by Dublin City Council in June 2015; if the proposals are acceptable; and when the necessary sanction will be given to enable the refurbishment work to proceed. (Question 36999/15 asked on 22 Oct 2015 - Housing Issues)

Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government (Deputy Alan Kelly): Dublin City Council has made a proposal for the funding of this project under my Department’s Capital Assistance Scheme for sheltered housing. My Department is in active discussions with the Council regarding the costs and certain design issues and we await further information from the Council so that the proposal can be advanced. 
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429. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government the steps required by the European Commission to allow the Irish Government declare the homeless crisis an emergency; if this declaration would speed up the public procurement process when building social housing, not just modular housing; if this declaration would allow the Government to fund the building of social housing, not just modular housing, off balance sheet; if he has made any contact with the Commission on this issue; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 35504/15 asked on 13 Oct 2015 - Homelessness Strategy)

Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government (Deputy Alan Kelly) (Deputy Alan Kelly): I refer to the reply to Question No. 590 of 29 September, 2015 which sets out the position in this matter.
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