245. Deputy Peter Fitzpatrick asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government the number of capital assistance scheme housing authority properties in Dundalk, County Louth; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 16965/16 asked on 21 Jun 2016 - Local Authority Housing Data)

Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government (Deputy Simon Coveney): Details on the number of housing units completed under the Capital Assistance Scheme are published by my Department as part of a wide range of housing statistics. This information is available by local authority area and is at the following links:
http://www.environ.ie/sites/default/files/attachments/1d3-cas-area-00-13.xlsx 
http://www.environ.ie/sites/default/files/attachments/1d2-cas-area-14-todate_0.xlsx.
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113. Deputy Peter Fitzpatrick asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government to extend the purchase incremental scheme to cover houses that were acquired under the Part V social and affordable scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 11011/16 asked on 19 May 2016 - Tenant Purchase Scheme Eligibility)

Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government (Deputy Simon Coveney): I propose to take Questions Nos. 113 and 114 together.
Provision was made in the Housing (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2014 for a new Tenant (Incremental) Purchase Scheme for existing local authority houses. Following the necessary preparatory work the new Scheme came into operation on 1 January 2016. The Scheme is open to eligible tenants, including joint tenants, of local authority houses that are available...

116. Deputy Peter Fitzpatrick asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government to outline in tabular form the details of the arrears of commercial rates owed to Louth County Council in Dundalk, Ardee and Drogheda; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 11032/16 asked on 19 May 2016 - Local Authority Charges Non-Payment)

Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government (Deputy Simon Coveney): Local authorities are under a statutory obligation to levy rates on any property used for commercial purposes, in accordance with the details entered in the valuation lists prepared by the independent Commissioner of Valuation under the Valuation Act 2001. The levying and collection of rates are matters for each individual local authority.
Rates income data are published by local authorities in their Annual Fin...

408. Deputy Peter Fitzpatrick asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government to examine the issue of outstanding commercial rates due to Louth County Council with a view to introducing a scheme or an amnesty for commercial businesses which are struggling with arrears of rates; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 10386/16 asked on 17 May 2016 - Commercial Rates)

Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government (Deputy Simon Coveney): Local authorities are under a statutory obligation to levy rates on any property used for commercial purposes, in accordance with the details entered in the valuation lists prepared by the independent Commissioner of Valuation under the Valuation Act 2001. The levying and collection of rates are matters for each individual local authority. As with all local charges, the invoicing and collection of due amounts i...

149. Deputy Peter Fitzpatrick asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government how he is monitoring new applicants on the local authority housing list in County Louth who are in this position as a result of house repossessions and notice to quit from landlords; the action he is taking to address this; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 8785/16 asked on 28 Apr 2016 - Local Authority Housing Applications)

Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government (Deputy Alan Kelly): The assessment of applications for social housing support, and the management of the lists of qualified households, is the responsibility of the relevant local authority in accordance with the Housing (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2009 and associated regulations. The prescribed application form for such support requires applicants to provide certain information on their current and previous accommodation, includi...

450. Deputy Peter Fitzpatrick asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government the options available to a person (details supplied) who has been refused a Housing Adaptation grant; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 8406/16 asked on 26 Apr 2016 - Housing Adaptation Grant Applications)

Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government (Deputy Alan Kelly): On 5 February 2016, I announced total funding of €56.25 million for the Housing Adaptation Grants for Older People and People with a Disability. At local level, the detailed administration and processing of these grants, including the assessment, prioritisation, approval and payment of individual grants to applicants, is the responsibility of the relevant local authority. I understand that there is an appeals pro...

1370. Deputy Peter Fitzpatrick asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government his plans to introduce a system whereby a car owner can pay their motor tax on either a weekly or monthly basis via direct debit (details supplied) (Question 30639/15 asked on 22 Sep 2015 - Motor Tax Collection)

Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government (Deputy Alan Kelly): I have no plans currently to introduce a system of direct debit payments for motor tax. 
Any such proposal would require to be underpinned by robust legislation to ensure that there is a system in place to recoup income lost to the taxpayer where there are insufficient funds in personal accounts to meet the payment or where a direct debit or standing order option is cancelled by the account holder once a disc is...

512. Deputy Peter Fitzpatrick asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government the position regarding the illegal diesel laundering waste into the Fane River, County Louth; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 3475/15 asked on 27 Mar 2015 - Illegal Dumping)

Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government (Deputy Alan Kelly): I propose to take Questions Nos. 507, 512 and 537 together. 
I share the Deputies’ concerns regarding the media reports about an alleged pollution discharge to Lough Ross in Co. Armagh entering the River Fane system which is the source of the drinking water supply for Dundalk.  
It is the responsibility of Irish Water to assess the risk of contamination to public water drinking sources and to monitor any such risks...

882. Deputy Peter Fitzpatrick asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government if he will confirm that the new policy on wind farm turbines (details supplied) will have no impact on the Rockmarshall Mountains in County Louth; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 49487/14 asked on 14 Jan 2015 - Wind Energy Guidelines)

Minister of State at the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government (Deputy Paudie Coffey): It is a matter for planning authorities to ensure that decisions on planning applications are taken having regard to the policies set out in their respective development plans and local area plans. Furthermore, all planning authorities - including An Bord Pleanála - must have regard to the provisions of section 28 guidelines issued by the Minister in exercising their planning functions...