1491. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the protections he will introduce for students reliant on affordable accommodation making specific reference to a case (details supplied). (Question 15694/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Rent Controls)

Minister of State at the Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government (Deputy Damien English): I propose to take Questions Nos. 1491, 1556 and 1579 together.
Rent Pressure Zones have their legal basis under the Residential Tenancies Act 2004, as amended.  This legislation regulates the landlord-tenant relationship in the private rented residential sector.  Pursuant to section 3(1), this Act applies to every dwelling that is the subject of a tenancy. The provisions of the Act, ...

317. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government if there is a database accessible to each local fire station that includes the locations and notable details of the 292 multi-storied buildings throughout Ireland that utilise similar cladding to that which was used at Grenfell Tower in London. (Question 4798/18 asked on 31 Jan 2018 - Fire Safety)

Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government (Deputy Eoghan Murphy): I propose to take Questions Nos. 317 and 329 together.
In the aftermath of the Grenfell Tower fire in June 2017,  fire authorities were requested to carry out a preliminary survey to identify buildings of more than six storeys, or more than 18m in height, fitted with external cladding or rain screen systems, with or without insulation, and to consider whether use of the power under Section 18 (6) of the Fire Services Act...

318. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government if the risk-based approach reports are still utilised by first responders in each local fire station since its introduction in 2012. (Question 4799/18 asked on 31 Jan 2018 - Fire Safety)

Minister of State at the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government (Deputy Damien English): I propose to take Questions Nos. 318 and 319 together.
In February 2013, my Department’s National Directorate for Fire and Emergency Management published the policy document, “Keeping Communities Safe - A framework for Fire Safety in Ireland” (KCS).
KCS is the report on the outcome of a wide-ranging review of fire services in Ireland which was undertaken in 2011/2012, and was endorsed as nation...

319. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the last time the risk-based approach report was updated. (Question 4800/18 asked on 31 Jan 2018 - Fire Safety)

Minister of State at the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government (Deputy Damien English): I propose to take Questions Nos. 318 and 319 together.
In February 2013, my Department’s National Directorate for Fire and Emergency Management published the policy document, “Keeping Communities Safe - A framework for Fire Safety in Ireland” (KCS).
KCS is the report on the outcome of a wide-ranging review of fire services in Ireland which was undertaken in 2011/2012, and was endorsed as nation...

320. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the number of fire appliances in service nationally. (Question 4801/18 asked on 31 Jan 2018 - Fire Service)

Minister of State at the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government (Deputy Damien English): I propose to take Questions Nos. 320 to 326, inclusive, together.
The provision of a fire service in its functional area, including the establishment and maintenance of a fire brigade, the assessment of fire cover needs and the provision of fire station premises and fire appliances is a statutory function of individual fire authorities under the Fire Services Act, 1981. My Department supports ...

321. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the number of fire appliances in each local fire authority; and the number of the appliances in operation. (Question 4802/18 asked on 31 Jan 2018 - Fire Service)

Minister of State at the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government (Deputy Damien English): I propose to take Questions Nos. 320 to 326, inclusive, together.
The provision of a fire service in its functional area, including the establishment and maintenance of a fire brigade, the assessment of fire cover needs and the provision of fire station premises and fire appliances is a statutory function of individual fire authorities under the Fire Services Act, 1981. My Department supports ...

322. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the number of fire appliances that are older than five, ten and 15 years, respectively. (Question 4803/18 asked on 31 Jan 2018 - Fire Service)

Minister of State at the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government (Deputy Damien English): I propose to take Questions Nos. 320 to 326, inclusive, together.
The provision of a fire service in its functional area, including the establishment and maintenance of a fire brigade, the assessment of fire cover needs and the provision of fire station premises and fire appliances is a statutory function of individual fire authorities under the Fire Services Act, 1981. My Department supports ...

323. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the number of turntable ladder and aerial ladder platform appliances that are in service nationally. (Question 4804/18 asked on 31 Jan 2018 - Fire Service)

Minister of State at the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government (Deputy Damien English): I propose to take Questions Nos. 320 to 326, inclusive, together.
The provision of a fire service in its functional area, including the establishment and maintenance of a fire brigade, the assessment of fire cover needs and the provision of fire station premises and fire appliances is a statutory function of individual fire authorities under the Fire Services Act, 1981. My Department supports ...

324. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the number of turntable ladder and aerial ladder platform appliances in each locality; and the number of those appliances that are in operation with an adequately trained crew. (Question 4805/18 asked on 31 Jan 2018 - Fire Service)

Minister of State at the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government (Deputy Damien English): I propose to take Questions Nos. 320 to 326, inclusive, together.
The provision of a fire service in its functional area, including the establishment and maintenance of a fire brigade, the assessment of fire cover needs and the provision of fire station premises and fire appliances is a statutory function of individual fire authorities under the Fire Services Act, 1981. My Department supports ...

325. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the number of turntable ladder and aerial ladder platform appliances in each local fire authority that are older than 5, 10 and 15 years respectively. (Question 4806/18 asked on 31 Jan 2018 - Fire Service)

Minister of State at the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government (Deputy Damien English): I propose to take Questions Nos. 320 to 326, inclusive, together.
The provision of a fire service in its functional area, including the establishment and maintenance of a fire brigade, the assessment of fire cover needs and the provision of fire station premises and fire appliances is a statutory function of individual fire authorities under the Fire Services Act, 1981. My Department supports ...

326. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the number of turntable ladder and aerial ladder platform appliances in each locality that were purchased new or purchased second hand respectively; and if purchased second hand, the age of the appliances when purchased. (Question 4807/18 asked on 31 Jan 2018 - Fire Service)

Minister of State at the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government (Deputy Damien English): I propose to take Questions Nos. 320 to 326, inclusive, together.
The provision of a fire service in its functional area, including the establishment and maintenance of a fire brigade, the assessment of fire cover needs and the provision of fire station premises and fire appliances is a statutory function of individual fire authorities under the Fire Services Act, 1981. My Department supports ...

327. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the detail of advice in regard to staying in place or evacuating in the event of a high rise fire. (Question 4808/18 asked on 31 Jan 2018 - Fire Safety)

Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government (Deputy Eoghan Murphy): The fire safety strategy and associated procedures to ensure the safety of people in buildings is the responsibility of the person having control over the premises. It is for the management of the building to implement the design strategy for fire safety and put procedures in place, including procedures for evacuation of the building, where necessary in the event of fire, and to ensure that all building occupants are aw...

328. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the process for an inspection of a residential building by a fire engineer; and the specific details that are inspected. (Question 4809/18 asked on 31 Jan 2018 - Fire Safety)

Minister of State at the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government (Deputy Damien English): Under section 18(2) of the Fire Services Acts 1981 and 2003, responsibility for fire safety in buildings of all kinds (other than dwellings) is placed on the ‘person having control’ of each building, for example a Management Company in an apartment complex. 
Inspections of buildings may be undertaken for many reasons and by many parties. Any member of the public who is concerned about ...

329. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government if there are pre-fire plans between stations for specific multi-storied buildings in their adjoining precincts. (Question 4810/18 asked on 31 Jan 2018 - Fire Safety)

Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government (Deputy Eoghan Murphy): I propose to take Questions Nos. 317 and 329 together.
In the aftermath of the Grenfell Tower fire in June 2017,  fire authorities were requested to carry out a preliminary survey to identify buildings of more than six storeys, or more than 18m in height, fitted with external cladding or rain screen systems, with or without insulation, and to consider whether use of the power under Section 18 (6) of the Fire Services Act...

330. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government his plans to increase the fire service’s predetermined attendance of three fire appliances and one high reaching appliance. (Question 4811/18 asked on 31 Jan 2018 - Fire Service)

Minister of State at the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government (Deputy Damien English): Fire services are mobilised to incidents in accordance with a system of “pre-determined attendances” (PDAs). PDAs are the instructions given by a Chief Fire Officer (CFO) to the relevant Regional Communications Centre for the initial fire service response to a call for assistance. These include:
- Address PDAs - a listing of the order in which fire service response will be mobilised t...

611. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government to outline his plans for the introduction of a new affordable housing scheme to assist those on modest incomes to buy a home; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 48741/17 asked on 21 Nov 2017 - Social and Affordable Housing Provision)

Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government (Deputy Eoghan Murphy): I propose to take Questions Nos. 611, 627 and 629 together.
The Government recognises the housing affordability pressures faced by households with low to moderate income, particularly in parts of the country where housing costs are highest. Therefore, housing affordability has been examined by my Department, in consultation with the Housing Agency, local authorities and other stakeholders as part of the targeted review o...

281. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the amount of funding that has been allocated in budget 2018 to the Pyrite Remediation Board for the direct remediation of pyrite affected homes; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 45210/17 asked on 25 Oct 2017 - Pyrite Resolution Board)

Minister of State at the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government (Deputy Damien English): The Pyrite Resolution Act 2013 provides the statutory framework for the establishment of the Pyrite Resolution Board and for the making of a pyrite remediation scheme to be implemented by the Board with support from the Housing Agency. The pyrite remediation scheme is a scheme of “last resort” and is limited in its application and scope. The full conditions for eligibility under the scheme ar...

424. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the official storm level categorisation given to Storm Ophelia by Met Éireann; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 44804/17 asked on 24 Oct 2017 - Meteorological Services)

Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government (Deputy Eoghan Murphy): In common with many other European Meteorological Services, Met Éireann does not categorise storms by level of severity. 
According to protocols adopted by the National Hurricane Centre in Florida and used by Met Éireann, Ophelia was an ‘extra tropical cyclone’ when it made landfall over Ireland.
 ...

588. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government when refunds for water charges will be given; if there is a timeframe for same; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 29991/17 asked on 27 Jun 2017 - Water Charges Refunds)

Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government (Deputy Eoghan Murphy): I propose to take Questions Nos. 588 and 620 together.
The report of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on the Future Funding of Domestic Water Services was published on 12 April 2017 and approved by both Houses of the Oireachtas. The Committee recommended that in respect of the most cost efficient mechanism of adhering to the principle of equity of treatment for those who have paid and have not paid water charge...

2136. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government if he will end the penalising of persons that can only afford to pay car tax in three month or six month instalments, in view of the fact that the annual price for car tax if paid over four three month periods is approximately 10% more expensive than paying car tax in one annual instalment; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 26520/17 asked on 20 Jun 2017 - Motor Tax)

Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government (Deputy Eoghan Murphy): Motor tax is payable on an annual, half-yearly or quarterly basis.  The rates applicable for the half-yearly and quarterly options are 55.5% and 28.25% of the annual charge, respectively.  These relativities have remained generally consistent since the 1960’s.   
The differential takes account of the extra workload for staff in motor tax offices and the Driver and Vehicle Computer Services Division of the Depa...

2167. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government the number of projects which have been submitted by local authorities under the one stage approval process for local authority social housing construction projects under €2 million in value or under 15 units as set out by his Department in early 2016; and the number of units being delivered by these projects in each local authority area, in tabular form. (Question 26964/17 asked on 20 Jun 2017 - Social and Affordable Housing Data)

Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government (Deputy Eoghan Murphy): To date, three social housing capital construction projects have been advanced by local authorities via the single stage approval process for projects of up to 15 houses or with a maximum all-in budget up to €2m. These schemes are for the delivery of 3 social homes in Drogheda, Co. Louth, 8 in Athy, Co. Kildare and 4 at Proudstown Road, Navan, Co. Meath.
The uptake under the single-stage approval option was co...

2169. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government if adequate funding is in place to meet the remediation costs for all successful applications to the pyrite remediation scheme during 2017; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 27017/17 asked on 20 Jun 2017 - Pyrite Remediation Programme)

Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government (Deputy Eoghan Murphy): The Pyrite Resolution Act 2013 provides the statutory framework for the establishment of the Pyrite Resolution Board and for the making of a pyrite remediation scheme to be implemented by the Board with support from the Housing Agency.  The pyrite remediation scheme is a scheme of “last resort” and is limited in its application and scope.   The full conditions for eligibility under the scheme are set out in th...

2262. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government if his attention has been drawn to the fact that persons are reluctant to sign up for the housing assistance payment scheme in fear they will be taken off the local authority housing list; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 28961/17 asked on 20 Jun 2017 - Housing Assistance Payments)

Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government (Deputy Eoghan Murphy): With the commencement of the provisions in the Housing (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2014, the Housing Assistance Payment (HAP) is considered to be a social housing support and consequently, households in receipt of HAP are not eligible to remain on the main housing waiting list. 
Acknowledging that households on the waiting list who avail of HAP might have expectations that they would receive an allocated fo...

225. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government the average waiting times across all four Dublin local authorities to process housing assistance payment applications, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 25512/17 asked on 30 May 2017 - Housing Assistance Payments Administration)

Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government (Deputy Simon Coveney): I propose to take Questions Nos. 225 and 226 together.
I am not aware of any delays in processing of applications for housing assistance payments (HAP). HAP is deemed to be a social housing support under the Housing (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2014. As a long term housing support, an assessment of housing need must be completed in order for a household to qualify for HAP. Any household with an identified...

226. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government if there are delays in processing an application for housing assistance payment, if he will guarantee that arrears will be paid from the date of application to the scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 25513/17 asked on 30 May 2017 - Housing Assistance Payments Administration)

Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government (Deputy Simon Coveney): I propose to take Questions Nos. 225 and 226 together.
I am not aware of any delays in processing of applications for housing assistance payments (HAP). HAP is deemed to be a social housing support under the Housing (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2014. As a long term housing support, an assessment of housing need must be completed in order for a household to qualify for HAP. Any household with an identified...