Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Questions (13)

Robert Troy

Question:

13. Deputy Robert Troy asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government if he will provide a breakdown by county of the number of the National Asset Management Agency properties identified by NAMA for social housing; the number identified by local authorities as being suitable; the number transferred to date; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [44850/13]

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Oral answers (11 contributions) (Question to Environment)

My Department, the Housing Agency and NAMA continue to work together with housing authorities and approved housing bodies towards identifying suitable NAMA housing units and bringing them into social housing use. It continues to be my Department's objective to maximise the delivery of social housing using all of the resources available. To the end of September 2013, 4,319 units have been identified by NAMA as being potentially suitable for social housing and of these, some 1,900 have been confirmed as being suitable. Completed housing unit transfers to date stand at 300 together with a further 143 units that have been contracted and where completion work is ongoing. This brings the overall total to 443 for completed or contracted.

A full breakdown by county of the units identified, deemed suitable and completed or contracted will be included in the Official Report. Further information, including quarterly updates, in relation to the delivery of NAMA sourced units is available at the Housing Agency’s website www.housing.ie/NAMA

County

Identified

Suitable

Complete/Contracted

Carlow

137

82

55

Cavan

47

Clare

169

19

7

Cork

471

271

36

Cork City

419

202

53

Donegal

95

59

Dublin City

628

252

55

Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown

328

122

58

Fingal

203

45

20

Galway

84

44

Galway City

117

117

45

Kerry

90

52

15

Kildare

243

97

57

Kilkenny

167

96

Laois

98

10

Leitrim

35

Limerick

112

9

9

Longford

31

11

Louth

27

27

27

Mayo

66

58

Meath

203

38

Monaghan

35

30

North Tipperary

13

Offaly

79

64

Roscommon

91

1

Sligo

46

15

South Dublin

60

42

South Tipperary

24

Waterford

65

27

Westmeath

42

29

4

Wexford

90

74

2

Wicklow

36

7

Total

4,351

1,900

443

Can I confirm that the list the Minister will give me will give a detailed breakdown of what NAMA and the local authorities deem to be suitable for local authorities to take on board? Also, will the list show what, in the local authorities' eyes, are unsuitable, and the reasons they believe them to be unsuitable considering, as has been reiterated many times in this House by the Minister of State and others, that there is a duty on the part of NAMA to ensure there is a social dividend to this State regarding those units it can make available to local authorities for onward passing to those who are in dire need of it?

I will allow a brief supplementary from Deputy Ellis.

That question should have been taken with No. 57, which is exactly the same question.

Will the Deputy just get on with it, please?

I am doing my best.

We have been through all of that.

We have had several deadlines in terms of housing from NAMA. In 2012 we were told there would be 2,000 and then at the end of 2012 we were told there would probably be 4,000 but as the Minister said, we have only delivered 443. Can the Minister tell me whether some of the houses leased from NAMA will have to be put back into pristine condition and what would be the cost involved in that? Do we have any idea of the exact number of houses, apartments etc. that are available now for local authorities? As regards the wear and tear of these properties that will come back to NAMA, what is the position on putting them back into pristine condition?

The table Deputy Cowen will be getting will give the number of identified houses or apartments for each county, the number suitable and the number completed or contracted. It will not give the reason some are deemed unsuitable. I do not know whether we can get that information for the Deputy-----

The Minister could try to get it.

-----but we can try. To give the Deputy an example, in Cavan, 47 were identified and 35 were identified in Leitrim. None of those were deemed suitable whereas in Galway city, 117 were identified and all 117 were considered suitable. In the Deputy's county of Offaly, 79 were identified and 64 were considered suitable. I do not know the exact reasons the particular ones were not suitable in Cavan and in Leitrim but we will get as much information as we can for the Deputy.

On the other question, NAMA does some work on the properties if they need it but one of the reasons some of them might not be suitable is that the amount of work to be done might be too great. Some of the estates have very little work done. They may just have the bare four walls and it may not be deemed appropriate to complete them. I do not know. That is conjecture but they have to be in an appropriate condition for use when they are handed over by NAMA.

Written Answers follow Adjournment.