313. Deputy Gino Kenny asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government the public procurement or other procedures that were used to appoint members of the expert commission on water charges; the remuneration that is to be paid to them; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20780/16 asked on 12 Jul 2016 - Commission on Water Charges)

Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government (Deputy Simon Coveney): In considering members for the Expert Commission on Domestic Public Water Services, a public invitation for nominees was issued through my Department’s website and consideration was also given to other suitable candidates meeting the specific skill sets required. Specific professional expertise in funding and financing of large scale infrastructure investment and maintenance programmes; economic regulation; uti...

41. Deputy Gino Kenny asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government to immediately provide resources for local authorities to allow them to put emergency tenancy action teams in place that will pursue both the acquisition of local authority houses and tenancies for the housing assistance payment and rental accommodation scheme so that all available tenancies and purchases are chased down; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 11594/16 asked on 24 May 2016 - Local Authority Housing)

Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government (Deputy Simon Coveney): The Government has clearly signalled its intent to support the implementation of the Social Housing Strategy 2020 and the supply of new quality social housing units as evidenced by the €2.9 billion committed as part of the overall Capital Plan for the period 2016 – 2021 and the wider prioritisation of social housing across the budgetary process over the course of the Strategy. This commitment extends to providi...