Tuesday, 19 October 2004

Questions (441)

Róisín Shortall

Question:

582 Ms Shortall asked the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government if his attention has been drawn to the fact that there is a waiting list of 286 tenants in Dublin City Council for extensions due to overcrowded accommodation or severe disabilities; if his attention has further been drawn to the fact that €21 million from his Department would be needed to clear these lists and that current funding is only adequate to clear approximately 80 applications each year; the action he is taking to ensure Dublin City Council has an adequate budget to meet this basic demand from its tenants; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [25206/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government)

The capital allocation available to Dublin City Council from my Department in respect of the provision of extensions is sufficient for the requirements of this programme. My Department has not received a request for additional funding. It is a matter for the city council to determine the level of its programme for the provision of extensions.