Tuesday, 12 March 2019

Questions (697)

Michael Harty

Question:

697. Deputy Michael Harty asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the reason Clare County Council has been informed that it can no longer purchase private dwellings for its social housing programme; the number of social houses or apartments built directly by the council that will be completed in 2019; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [11683/19]

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Written answers (Question to Housing)

Clare County Council has not received a notification from my Department that it can no longer acquire private dwellings for its social housing programme. Contact between my Department and Clare County Council has been around the imminent issuing of social housing targets for 2019 and the fact that, while the Council is likely to undertake further acquisitions, the priority for its social housing delivery programme needs to be its construction programme.

Clare County Council already has a number of acquisitions in train for 2019 and further activity in this area will be reviewed with the Council once they have received their 2019 targets. I will support the Council in the blend of delivery they undertake to meet the Rebuilding Ireland targets for the county. However, it is critical that their programme in 2019 has a heightened focus on construction delivery.