448. Deputy Peter Fitzpatrick asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government if he will address a matter (details supplied) raised in correspondence; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 18674/18 asked on 01 May 2018 - Water Charges)

Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government (Deputy Eoghan Murphy): In June 2016 the Oireachtas voted to suspend domestic water charges. An Expert Commission was established to report on the funding of domestic public water services in Ireland and to provide recommendations on a sustainable long-term funding model for domestic water and wastewater services. This Expert Commission reported in November 2016. 
A special Oireachtas committee then examined these recommendations, mainly in p...

1997. Deputy Peter Fitzpatrick asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government his plans to remove the local needs clause in County Louth; if adjustments will be made to the development plan for County Louth; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 37564/17 asked on 11 Sep 2017 - Planning Guidelines)

Minister of State at the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government (Deputy Damien English): Following engagement between the European Commission and my Department regarding the 2013 ECJ Court ruling in the Flemish Decree case, a working group comprising representatives from my Department and planning authorities was established to review and, where necessary, recommend changes to the 2005 Planning Guidelines on Sustainable Rural Housing with a view to ensuring that rural housing polic...

674. Deputy Peter Fitzpatrick asked the Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government when the issue with regard to the water connection at a location (details supplied) in County Louth will be resolved; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 31300/17 asked on 04 Jul 2017 - Water Services Provision)

Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government (Deputy Eoghan Murphy): Since 1 January 2014, Irish Water has statutory responsibility for all aspects of water services planning, delivery and operation at national, regional and local levels. Irish Water is responsible for water services infrastructure including water connections and I have no function in these matters.
Irish Water has established a dedicated team to deal with representations and queries from public representatives...

110. Deputy Peter Fitzpatrick asked the Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government the details of all local authorities that currently charge rates on vacant commercial properties; the percentage rate charged, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 40218/16 asked on 14 Dec 2016 - Commercial Rates)

Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government (Deputy Simon Coveney): Local authorities are under a statutory obligation to levy rates on the occupiers of rateable property in accordance with the details entered in the valuation lists prepared by the independent Commissioner of Valuation under the Valuation Acts 2001 to 2015 .
The Local Government Act 1946 provides that where a property is unoccupied on the date of the making of the rate, the owner becomes liable for rates. Howe...

73. Deputy Peter Fitzpatrick asked the Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government the expected timeframe for the introduction of the repair and lease scheme in County Louth as outlined in budget 2017; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 33065/16 asked on 03 Nov 2016 - Repair and Leasing Scheme)

Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government (Deputy Simon Coveney): Rebuilding Ireland: Action Plan for Housing and Homelessness recognises the important source of potential accommodation vacant private properties present. A new Repair and Leasing Scheme (RLS) has been developed to assist private property owners and local authorities or Approved Housing Bodies (AHBs) to harness this potential, and bring these vacant houses into social housing use to provide homes for families...