Tuesday, 17 July 2012

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Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin

Question:

458 Deputy Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government if he has given approval to Monaghan County Council and a housing association (details supplied) to seek planning permission for the development of a group home for women with physical and sensory disabilities at Drummond Otra, Carrickmacross, County Monaghan; the projected timeframe for the completion of this project; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [34698/12]

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

My Department's involvement with voluntary and co-operative housing schemes relates primarily to the provision of funds for individual projects. The detailed administration of the schemes, and the certification that projects comply with the terms and conditions of the funding schemes, are the responsibility of the relevant local authority.Monaghan County Council submitted a funding proposal under the Capital Assistance Scheme (CAS) to my Department in December 2009 for the provision of a group home for people with physical and sensory disabilities at Drummond Otra, Carrickmacross. Provisional approval for the project issued in July 2010 subject to certain cost and design issues being addressed. The Council recently submitted revised proposals for the scheme to my Department. These are being examined at present and a decision will be made as soon as possible.