Tuesday, 9 April 2019

Questions (627)

Richard Boyd Barrett

Question:

627. Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the funding applied for by Wicklow County Council to facilitate the transfer of residents from one area to another (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [15748/19]

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Written answers (Question to Housing)

A proposal was received from Wicklow County Council, on behalf of an AHB, for the acquisition and adaptation of the property in question, in June 2017 and my Department responded in July 2017, requesting that the acquisition and adaptation of the property be pursued at a more reasonable level of costs.

I understand that, subsequently, the AHB proceeded with the acquisition of the property and made a further proposal at a cost level greater than that which they had originally submitted and considerably out of line with my Department's response of July 2017.  Following further contacts with the local authority and the AHB, additional information has been received on the proposal in recent days, which is now being considered by my Department.