Tuesday, 19 February 2013

Questions (529)

Eoghan Murphy

Question:

529. Deputy Eoghan Murphy asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government if he is familiar with Dublin City Council's proposals to energy retrofit Glovers Court, Dublin 2; and his views on whether these proposals will come to fruition. [8838/13]

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Written answers (Question to Environment)

My Department is currently funding the large-scale refurbishment of a number of flat complexes in Dublin City. In line with overall national policy which promotes a reduction in energy use, the enhancement of energy efficiency standards remains a priority within my Department’s overall strategy for the improvement of local authority housing.

I am currently reviewing the terms of the energy retrofitting measure for 2013 and my Department will issue revised guidelines to local authorities in the context of the capital allocations under the housing programme for 2013, which I intend to announce shortly.

In January 2011, my Department approved a proposal by Dublin City Council to proceed to tender stage with the energy retrofitting works at Glovers Court. However, the project was not subsequently progressed to implementation stage under the capital funding programmes for 2011 or 2012. It is now a matter for Dublin City Council to progress these works within the context of the available funding and the terms of the energy retrofitting measure for 2013.