1061. Deputy Gino Kenny asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government his views on a matter (details supplied); his further views on the fact that those in receipt of the housing assistance payment for homeless households in the building are continuing to receive the payment and have their rent paid leading to a discrepancy between those on the normal payment and those on the homeless payment; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 12808/18 asked on 20 Mar 2018 - Housing Assistance Payment)

Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government (Deputy Eoghan Murphy): Any household assessed as eligible for social housing is immediately eligible for housing support through the Housing Assistance Payment (HAP) scheme. Once a household has been deemed eligible for social housing support, it is a matter for the local authority to examine the suite of social housing supports available, including the HAP scheme, to determine the most appropriate form of social housing support for that hous...

51. Deputy Gino Kenny asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government if his attention has been drawn to the fact that children and young persons living in emergency accommodation often face difficulties in accessing play or recreational facilities and the impact this has on their development; his plans to address the crisis of children living in emergency accommodation; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 9021/18 asked on 27 Feb 2018 - Emergency Accommodation Provision)

Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government (Deputy Eoghan Murphy): I propose to take Questions Nos. 50, 51 and 57 together.
One of the key commitments contained in Rebuilding Ireland is to cease the use of hotels for accommodating homeless families except in limited circumstances. I am absolutely committed to this objective. Hotels are not a suitable or secure form of accommodation for families and especially for young children for anything other than a short period of time. 
My Departm...

57. Deputy Gino Kenny asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government his plans to address the issue of families in emergency accommodation that are limited in their food options due to inadequate storage facilities in addition to the lack of access to cooking facilities; if his attention has been drawn to the negative impact on families’ daily food habits and dietary quality which can contribute to health problems for children; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 9022/18 asked on 27 Feb 2018 - Emergency Accommodation Provision)

Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government (Deputy Eoghan Murphy): I propose to take Questions Nos. 50, 51 and 57 together.
One of the key commitments contained in Rebuilding Ireland is to cease the use of hotels for accommodating homeless families except in limited circumstances. I am absolutely committed to this objective. Hotels are not a suitable or secure form of accommodation for families and especially for young children for anything other than a short period of time. 
My Departm...

749. Deputy Gino Kenny asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the details of applications made by Wicklow county council to his department for funding for housing over the past five years; the number of persons on the housing waiting list in the county; the length of time each applicant has been waiting; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 9820/18 asked on 27 Feb 2018 - Housing Data)

Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government (Deputy Eoghan Murphy): As the Deputy will appreciate, my Department is in receipt of a large volume of applications for funding across a wide range of capital and current related housing programmes for all local authorities, including Wicklow County Council. Therefore, my Department is not in a position to provide details of all applications over the past five years. 
In relation to applications made, my Department has approved a range of pro...

46. Deputy Gino Kenny asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government if all public land zoned for housing will remain public land into the future; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 45305/17 asked on 26 Oct 2017 - Land Availability)

Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government (Deputy Eoghan Murphy): It is very important that publicly owned land is harnessed in the most effective manner possible to secure the best outcomes for communities and the country as a whole.
With regard to local authority owned lands that are zoned for housing, progression of development proposals for such lands, whether directly or in partnership with other interests, such as Approved Housing Bodies or other housing providers, are matters fo...

1681. Deputy Gino Kenny asked the Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government the amount it would cost to restore funding to the community development programme to 2008 levels; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 36392/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Local and Community Development Programme Expenditure)

Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government (Deputy Eoghan Murphy): In 2008, the Department of Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs allocated funding of €83,450,000 under its Local and Community Development Programmes, specifically the Local Development Social Inclusion Programme (LDSIP) and the Community Development Programme.  Also in that year, that Department asked the Centre for Effective Services (CES) - an independent centre set up in a partnership between the Governm...

10. Deputy Gino Kenny asked the Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government his views on whether the crisis in housing shows the need for a massive programme of social and public house building funded by the State and local authorities in view of the failure of the market and various incentives to deal with the crisis; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 33385/17 asked on 13 Jul 2017 - Local Authority Housing)

(Deputy Eoghan Murphy): The Government’s Rebuilding Ireland action plan for housing and homelessness is focused on increasing housing supply across all tenures. I believe this is the key to tackling the housing challenge in a sustainable way. The aim is to achieve total housing output of at least 25,000 homes per year by 2020 and all of the available indicators point to a significant increase in activity towards that target. Good progress is also being made in delivering social housing units ...

46. Deputy Gino Kenny asked the Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government the steps he will take to ensure voluntary housing agencies that are recipients of State funds do not raise their rents out of line with rents charged by local authorities; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 33386/17 asked on 13 Jul 2017 - Voluntary Housing Sector)

Deputy Bríd Smith: I am asking a question on voluntary housing agencies which is being answered along with a similar question from Deputy Gino Kenny. The substance of the question is to find out if the Minister is aware of very serious rent hikes being implemented by voluntary housing bodies because of methods they use to calculate rents, and if the Minister has any intention of investigating this matter or imposing more structures and restraints on how voluntary housing bodies and approved hou...