Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Questions (347)

Pearse Doherty

Question:

347. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government the position regarding the proposed development for community housing for elderly persons on Arranmore Island, Burtonport, County Donegal; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [11728/14]

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Written answers (Question to Environment)

Under my Department’s Capital Assistance Scheme (CAS) funding is provided to Approved Housing Bodies, through the local authorities, for the provision of accommodation for persons with specific categories of housing need, including older persons, persons with a disability or homeless persons. An outline proposal by Respond Housing Association for the development of 21 units of accommodation for elderly persons on Arranmore Island under the CAS was submitted to my Department by Donegal County Council in February, 2004. However, no subsequent application for funding in respect of the construction stage of this project has been received from the Council.

In January, 2014 my Department requested local authorities to submit by 28 March, 2014 a prioritised list of new CAS projects to be progressed over the next two years. It will be a matter for local authorities to determine the relative priority of projects on the basis of their contribution to meeting local housing need and to shortlist these in order of merit. Further consideration of the CAS projects for funding approval over the next two years, including projects in County Donegal, must await the receipt of submissions from the local authorities.