1327. Deputy Willie O’Dea asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government his plans to extend modular housing as a response to the housing crisis; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 46421/17 asked on 07 Nov 2017 - Housing Policy)

Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government (Deputy Eoghan Murphy): My Department is encouraging the use of rapid build methodologies, including modular build, for accelerated delivery of social housing units and considerable progress is being made. 
In that regard, my Department recently asked all local authorities to review the social housing projects in their areas and in the interest of achieving earliest delivery, they have been requested to consider their suitability for Design an...

1353. Deputy Willie O’Dea asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government if his Department has sanctioned funding to an association (details supplied) to fund the purchase of houses yet to be built at Rhebogue, Limerick city; the amount of funding that was sought; the amount that was approved; if his attention has been drawn to the fact that the number of houses will be less than the amount for which funding was originally sought as a result of a planning decision by Limerick City and County Council; if his attention has been further drawn to the fact that the houses that were specifically proposed for persons with a disability have been removed from the scheme; if his attention has been drawn to the fact that there is widespread opposition to this proposal; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 46860/17 asked on 07 Nov 2017 - Approved Housing Bodies)

Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government (Deputy Eoghan Murphy): My Department gave approval-in-principle for the development of special needs social housing at Rhebogue at a cost of €3.8m.  This approval was subject to planning permission and to the successful advancement of the project on technical and cost grounds.  The costs sought initially for the project were €3.9m.
The advancement of this project, including the planning permission and all other aspects, is a matter for the app...

2243. Deputy Willie O’Dea asked the Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government his plans to extend the rent control provisions to Limerick city in view of the fact that rents are increasing rapidly; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 28558/17 asked on 20 Jun 2017 - Rent Controls)

Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government (Deputy Eoghan Murphy): The Planning and Development (Housing) and Residential Tenancies Act 2016 sets out the process through which Rent Pressure Zones can be designated.  It provides that the Housing Agency, in consultation with housing authorities, may make a proposal to the Minister that an area should be considered as a Rent Pressure Zone. Following receipt of such a proposal, the Minister requests the Director of the Residentia...

235. Deputy Willie O’Dea asked the Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government if his attention has been drawn to the fact that rents in Limerick city have risen substantially since legislation was introduced to cap rents in certain areas; if he will consider extending the rent cap to the Limerick area in view of the recent rent increases in Limerick; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 23131/17 asked on 16 May 2017 - Rent Controls)

Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government (Deputy Simon Coveney): The Planning and Development (Housing) and Residential Tenancies Act 2016 lays out the process through which rent pressure zones can be designated.  It provides that the Housing Agency, in consultation with housing authorities, may make a proposal to the Minister that an area should be considered as a Rent Pressure Zone. Following receipt of such a proposal, the Minister requests the Director of the Residenti...

251. Deputy Willie O’Dea asked the Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government the expenditure on the housing adaptation grant scheme from 2011 to date; the cost of restoring expenditure to 2011 levels; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 12011/17 asked on 07 Mar 2017 - Housing Adaptation Grant Expenditure)

Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government (Deputy Simon Coveney): Information on the exchequer funding provided by my Department to each local authority for the Housing Adaptation Grants for Older People and People with a Disability is available on my Department’s website at the following link: http://www.housing.gov.ie/housing/statistics/social-and-affordble/other-local-authority-housing-scheme-statistics . 
These figures were supplemented by a 20% contribution in each cas...

283. Deputy Willie O’Dea asked the Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government the number of persons availing of the senior alert scheme in each of the years 2013 to 2016; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 12010/17 asked on 07 Mar 2017 - Seniors Alert Scheme)

Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government (Deputy Simon Coveney): The objective of the Seniors Alert Scheme is to encourage support for vulnerable older people in our communities through the provision of personal monitored alarms to enable them to continue to live securely in their homes with confidence, independence and peace of mind. Funding is available under the Scheme towards the purchase by a registered community-based organisation of equipment, i.e. a personal alarm ...

135. Deputy Willie O’Dea asked the Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government his plans to ban or highlight the effects of microbeads used in personal care products and biomedical research; the effects they are having on health and marine life; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 35274/16 asked on 16 Nov 2016 - Environmental Policy)

Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government (Deputy Simon Coveney): Microbeads are one facet of the larger problem of marine litter. Marine litter is a key feature of national and international maritime environmental policy. It has been identified as an issue to be addressed under the EU Marine Strategy Framework Directive. It is also specified as a harmful human activity under the OSPAR Treaty which addresses pollution and other human impacts on the North Eastern Atlantic Env...