Tuesday, 19 October 2004

Questions (450)

Seán Ó Fearghaíl

Question:

591 Mr. Ó Fearghail asked the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government if his Department has given consideration to the possibility of using geothermal heating systems in the local authority housing programme. [25465/04]

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

The type of heating system installed in a local authority house is a matter for the local authority concerned. However, my Department has given approval for the use of a geothermal heating system in a small number of houses and a crèche facility in a new local authority housing scheme in Tralee, County Kerry. My Department will consider further proposals from local authorities for the installation of such heating systems in new housing schemes on a case by case basis.