235. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the position regarding the working group comprising officials from planning authorities and his Department which was established to review and revise the 2005 planning guidelines on sustainable rural housing; if the review has concluded; if he has engaged with the European Commission on proposed changes to the guidelines; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 18424/18 asked on 26 Apr 2018 - Planning Guidelines)

Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government (Deputy Eoghan Murphy): Following engagement between the European Commission and my Department regarding the 2013 European Court of Justice ruling in the “Flemish Decree” case, a working group, comprising senior representatives from my Department and planning authorities, was established in May 2017 to review and, where necessary, recommend changes to the 2005 Planning Guidelines on Sustainable Rural Housing, issued under section 28 of the Plan...

274. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government his plans to introduce a redress scheme for apartments and households which have defects in fire safety standards; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 14339/18 asked on 28 Mar 2018 - Building Regulations)

Minister of State at the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government (Deputy Damien English): In general, building defects are matters for resolution between the contracting parties involved, the homeowner, the builder, the developer and/or their respective insurers, structural guarantee or warranty scheme. It is important to note that while my Department has overall responsibility for establishing and maintaining an effective regulatory framework for building standards and building con...

1026. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government if an unsuccessful application to the Rebuilding Ireland home loan scheme by persons (details supplied) will be examined; if his attention has been drawn to the fact that a condition within the scheme is resulting in many applications being refused; his plans to address this issue; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 12128/18 asked on 20 Mar 2018 - Housing Loans)

Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government (Deputy Eoghan Murphy): Following a review of the two existing local authority home loan schemes, the House Purchase Loan and the Home Choice Loan, a new loan offering, the Rebuilding Ireland Home Loan, was introduced on 1 February 2018.
Section 63(3) of the Local Government Act 2001 provides that, subject to law, a local authority is independent in the performance of its functions. Section 6 of the Housing (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2009 ...

1043. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the number of applications that have been received for the Rebuilding Ireland home loan scheme; the number of these applications that have been successful and unsuccessful to date respectively; the number that were unsuccessful as a result of income earned through overtime payments; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 12368/18 asked on 20 Mar 2018 - House Purchase Schemes)

Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government (Deputy Eoghan Murphy): Following a review of the two existing local authority home loan schemes, the House Purchase Loan and the Home Choice Loan, a new loan offering, known as the Rebuilding Ireland Home Loan, was introduced on 1 February 2018. 
As with the previous local authority home loan offerings, the Rebuilding Ireland Home Loan is a local authority product and loan applications are made directly to the local authority in whose area th...

1045. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government if he is satisfied that there is clarity regarding the colour-coded weather warnings system used during times of extreme weather events; if his attention has been drawn to the confusion regarding the meaning of the different colour warnings in practical terms; his plans to ensure there is better clarity in relation to the warning systems particularly for employers and the working population; if he will clarify the situation for those workers that were unable to attend work due to the severe weather or did not travel to work due to the red alert weather warnings issued recently; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 12413/18 asked on 20 Mar 2018 - Emergency Planning)

Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government (Deputy Eoghan Murphy): As the National Meteorological Service, Met Éireann issues colour coded weather alerts and warnings for a range of weather hazards, including wind, rain, snow, fog, thunderstorms, low/high temperatures, and coastal winds. These are based on meteorological ‘threshold’ parameters with impact considerations taken into account and the system is aligned with the European MeteoAlarm system. The concept behind the coloured le...

647. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government if an application for the Rebuilding Ireland home loan scheme by a person (details supplied) will be examined; if there is an appeal mechanism for unsuccessful applicants; the options open to the applicants in this case; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 11142/18 asked on 08 Mar 2018 - Home Loan Scheme)

Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government (Deputy Eoghan Murphy): Following a review of the two existing local authority home loan schemes, the House Purchase Loan and the Home Choice Loan, a new loan offering, the Rebuilding Ireland Home Loan, was introduced on 1 February 2018.
Section 63(3) of the Local Government Act 2001 provides that, subject to law, a local authority is independent in the performance of its functions. Section 6 of the Housing (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2009 ...

259. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the rules in place regulating the development of solar farms; his views on the lack of regulations for solar farms; if his attention has been drawn to the fact that local authorities have raised concerns that there are no national guidelines for the development of solar farms (details supplied); his views on these concerns; his further views on whether the lack of regulation is deterring investment in the sector; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 53469/17 asked on 13 Dec 2017 - Question Heading for question(s) 259,260,261)

Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government (Deputy Eoghan Murphy): I propose to take Questions Nos. 259 to 261, inclusive, together.
While there are no specific planning guidelines in place in respect of solar farms, proposals for individual solar farm developments are subject to the statutory requirements of the Planning and Development Act 2000, as amended, in the same manner as other proposed developments. Planning applications are made to the relevant local planning authority, with ...

260. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the planning applications received, refused and granted for solar farms for each local authority in each of the years 2015, 2016 and to date in 2017; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 53470/17 asked on 13 Dec 2017 - Question Heading for question(s) 259,260,261)

Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government (Deputy Eoghan Murphy): I propose to take Questions Nos. 259 to 261, inclusive, together.
While there are no specific planning guidelines in place in respect of solar farms, proposals for individual solar farm developments are subject to the statutory requirements of the Planning and Development Act 2000, as amended, in the same manner as other proposed developments. Planning applications are made to the relevant local planning authority, with ...

606. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the dispute resolution procedures undertaken by the Residential Tenancies Board in each of the past five years, in tabular form; the outcome in each case; if cases are still ongoing; if so, the reason for the dispute; the duration of each dispute procedure; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 41471/17 asked on 03 Oct 2017 - Residential Tenancies Board)

Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government (Deputy Eoghan Murphy): Details of the dispute resolution procedures undertaken by the Residential Tenancies Board (RTB), their outcomes, reasons for disputes and duration of disputes are available in the RTB Annual Reports, which are available on the Board’s website at http://www.rtb.ie/media-research/publications/annual-reports.
The Clerk of the Dáil has requested that arrangements be put in place to facilitate the provision of information by...

1972. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the number of housing applicants who have applied but whose applications have been refused for the medical and disability priority list, by local authority in each of the past five years; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 37294/17 asked on 11 Sep 2017 - Local Authority Housing Waiting Lists)

Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government (Deputy Eoghan Murphy): I propose to take Questions Nos. 1972 and 1973 together.
The assessment of applications for social housing support, and management of the lists of qualified households, including the recording of data on the number of applications refused, is the responsibility of the relevant local authority in accordance with the Housing (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2009 and associated regulations. 
Detailed information on the number...

1973. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the number of housing applicants who are on the medical and disability priority list by local authority; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 37295/17 asked on 11 Sep 2017 - Local Authority Housing Waiting Lists)

Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government (Deputy Eoghan Murphy): I propose to take Questions Nos. 1972 and 1973 together.
The assessment of applications for social housing support, and management of the lists of qualified households, including the recording of data on the number of applications refused, is the responsibility of the relevant local authority in accordance with the Housing (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2009 and associated regulations. 
Detailed information on the number...

1974. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the decision making process for medical and disability priority for local authorities; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 37296/17 asked on 11 Sep 2017 - Local Authority Housing Eligibility)

Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government (Deputy Eoghan Murphy): The allocation of social housing support to qualified households is a matter for the local authority concerned, in accordance with its allocation scheme made in accordance with section 22 of the Housing (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2009 and associated Regulations.  
This legislation requires all local authorities, as a reserved function, to make an allocation scheme determining the order of priority to be accorded in t...

1975. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the name of the chief medical officer for each local authority housing section; the process of appointment for each local authority; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 37297/17 asked on 11 Sep 2017 - Local Authority Housing Eligibility)

Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government (Deputy Eoghan Murphy): I propose to take Questions Nos. 1975 and 2025 together.
Under section 159 of the Local Government Act 2001, each Chief Executive is responsible for the organisational arrangements necessary for carrying out the functions of the local authorities for which he or she is responsible. 
The assessment of households for social housing support, and the allocation of that support to qualified households is a matter for individu...

2024. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the houses built as part of the State fund established to build social and affordable housing, including the location of each house, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 38166/17 asked on 11 Sep 2017 - Social and Affordable Housing Data)

Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government (Deputy Eoghan Murphy): The Rebuilding Ireland Action Plan for Housing and Homelessness, published in July 2016, sets out the Government’s approach to addressing the current challenges in the housing sector.  It is focused on increasing supply across all tenures and, in respect of social housing, the target is to deliver 47,000 housing units through build, refurbishment, acquisition and leasing over the period 2016 to 2021. This activity is be...

2025. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government if each application for the medical priority housing list received by local authorities is assessed by a doctor; the name of each doctor who assesses applications for medical priority housing list by local authority; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 38167/17 asked on 11 Sep 2017 - Local Authority Housing Eligibility)

Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government (Deputy Eoghan Murphy): I propose to take Questions Nos. 1975 and 2025 together.
Under section 159 of the Local Government Act 2001, each Chief Executive is responsible for the organisational arrangements necessary for carrying out the functions of the local authorities for which he or she is responsible. 
The assessment of households for social housing support, and the allocation of that support to qualified households is a matter for individu...

1608. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government the rules the EU imposes on motor tax rates; if Ireland is complying with all EU rules regarding motor tax; the reason for the discrepancy between motor tax rates here and the UK; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 35270/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Motor Tax)

Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government (Deputy Eoghan Murphy): Other than the provisions of EU Directive 1999/62/EC (the “Eurovignette” Directive), the EU does not impose rules on motor tax rates.  Directive 1999/62/EC provides a legal framework for charging heavy goods vehicles for the use of certain roads.  While the Directive is largely concerned with the provision of mechanisms for infrastructure charging, it also sets minimum rates for the tax rates applied by Member...

301. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government if all agencies under his aegis have an up to date tax clearance certificate; the agencies which do not have an up to date tax clearance certificate; the reason they do not have a tax clearance certificate in each case, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 30285/17 asked on 28 Jun 2017 - Departmental Agencies Data)

Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government (Deputy Eoghan Murphy): Tax clearance certificates for all of the State agencies under my Department’s remit are fully up-to-date.
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2139. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government if his attention has been drawn to problems with the traffic light system used to assess homes affected by pyrite by the Pyrite Resolution Board; if his attention has been further drawn to the fact that home owners of homes assessed as amber are unable to sell their homes in view of the fact banks will not give mortgages for pyrite affected homes and buyers are reluctant to purchase pyrite affected homes; his plans to resolve this problem; the position regarding the review of the scheme undertaken by the National Standards Authority; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 26596/17 asked on 20 Jun 2017 - Pyrite Issues)

Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government (Deputy Eoghan Murphy): I propose to take Questions Nos. 2139 and 2140 together.
The Report of the Pyrite Panel (June 2012) recommended a categorisation system as a means of prioritising pyrite remediation works in recognition of the expensive and intrusive nature of pyrite remediation and the unpredictability of pyritic heave.  The independent Pyrite Panel was clear in its view that only dwellings with significant damage due to pyri...

2140. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government if he will examine a case concerning persons (details supplied) that have been unable to sell their pyrite affected home after it was assessed as amber by the Pyrite Resolution Board; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 26597/17 asked on 20 Jun 2017 - Pyrite Issues)

Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government (Deputy Eoghan Murphy): I propose to take Questions Nos. 2139 and 2140 together.
The Report of the Pyrite Panel (June 2012) recommended a categorisation system as a means of prioritising pyrite remediation works in recognition of the expensive and intrusive nature of pyrite remediation and the unpredictability of pyritic heave.  The independent Pyrite Panel was clear in its view that only dwellings with significant damage due to pyri...

222. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government the implications for building one off houses in view of a decision by a European court regarding rules (details supplied); the steps he is taking as a result of this decision; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 25383/17 asked on 30 May 2017 - Construction Regulations)

Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government (Deputy Simon Coveney): Arising from the 2013 Judgement of the European Court of Justice referred to, my Department is currently engaged in consultations with planning authorities regarding potential modifications required to the 2005 Planning Guidelines on Sustainable Rural Housing, with a view to ensuring that rural housing policies and objectives contained in county development plans comply with Article 43 (Freedom of Movement of ...

225. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government the total allocation of funding his Department and all local authorities have given to each individual approved housing body in each of the past ten years; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 21513/17 asked on 09 May 2017 - Approved Housing Bodies)

Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government (Deputy Simon Coveney): There are a range of funding and delivery mechanisms available to local authorities to deliver social housing supports in partnership with Approved Housing Bodies, i.e. through the Capital Assistance Scheme, the Capital Loans and Subsidy Scheme, the Communal Facilities Scheme, the Approved Housing Body Mortgage to Rent Scheme, the Capital Advance Leasing Facility and the Social Housing Current Expenditure Prog...

467. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government his plans to make changes to the Building Control Act; if he is considering a proposal received by a body (details supplied) in this regard; when decisions will be made following consideration of the proposals; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19848/17 asked on 02 May 2017 - Architects Register)

Minister of State at the Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government (Deputy Damien English) (Deputy Damien English): Part 3 of the Building Control Act 2007 introduced a system of statutory registration for architects and restricted use of the title architect to persons who are registered architects. Section 22 of the Act makes specific provision for registration based on technical assessment of persons who had been independently performing duties commensurate with those o...

501. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government his views on the accuracy and effectiveness of a system (details supplied) used for predicting traffic changes for proposed developments; if his attention has been drawn to concerns raised by community groups and persons regarding the effectiveness of this system; the number of local authorities that use or recognise this system; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20589/17 asked on 02 May 2017 - Traffic Management)

Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government (Deputy Simon Coveney): My Department has no involvement in the operation of this system. Traffic management is a matter for local authorities and therefore, not proper to this Department. The Department has not had any feedback from local authorities on Traffic or Transport Assessments or on TRICS.
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110. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government the details of any payments made by his Department, its agencies or any bodies under his aegis to any broadcasters here in the years 2014, 2015 and 2016; the broadcaster to which the funds were provided; the reason for the payments; and if there are any reasons for payments to broadcasters in 2017. (Question 14722/17 asked on 23 Mar 2017 - Departmental Expenditure)

Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government (Deputy Simon Coveney): The information requested in relation to my Department is currently being compiled and will be forwarded to the Deputy in accordance with Standing Orders. The details requested in relation to bodies under the aegis of my Department are a matter for the individual bodies concerned. Arrangements have been put in place by each Agency to facilitate the provision of information directly to members of the Oireacht...

470. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government the date of publication of the legislation transposing the provisions of Directive 2014/52/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 16 April 2014 amending Directive 2011/92/EU on the assessment of the effects of certain public and private projects on the environment into national legislation; the proposed date for commencement of the legislation; if he will issue guidance, including consideration of the transitional arrangements for projects subject to EIA, that are already underway; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 14084/17 asked on 21 Mar 2017 - EU Directives)

Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government (Deputy Simon Coveney): Work is presently underway in my Department on the drafting of amendments to the Planning and Development Act 2000, as amended, necessary to apply the requirements of Directive 2014/52/EU relating to environmental impact assessment of certain public and private projects, including transitional arrangements set down in Article 3 of the Directive. Article 2 requires Member States to bring into force by 16 May 2...