Thursday, 2 May 2013

Questions (141)

Pearse Doherty

Question:

141. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht if there is currently any scheme or funding available in his Department similar to the Gaeltacht area house grants scheme to allow Gaeltacht residents to update or repair their homes; if he intends to restore this scheme in the future; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [20976/13]

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Written answers (Question to Arts)

The scheme of housing grants under the Housing (Gaeltacht) Acts was suspended with effect from 7 April 2009. There are no plans to restore the scheme at present. While my Department has no other scheme to assist Gaeltacht residents to modernise or repair their homes, Gaeltacht residents have access to the same schemes available to people outside of the Gaeltacht, such as schemes provided by the local authorities.