Homeless Persons Data

Questions (658)

Eoin Ó Broin

Question:

658. Deputy Eoin Ó Broin asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the exits and preventions of the 5,100 households (details supplied) that exited emergency accommodation into HAP properties in 2018. [21619/19]

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Written answers (Question to Housing)

The administration of homeless services is organised on a regional basis and as part of the funding arrangements in place, each region provides my Department with a quarterly performance report which includes details of the number of individuals exiting homelessness into an independent tenancy in that quarter.

The reports show that during 2018, 5,135 adults exited homelessness into an independent tenancy. The figure represents 4,225 households who exited into independent tenancies as follows: 642 local authority tenancies, 551 tenancies with an approved housing body, and 3,032 tenancies in the private rental sector.

The reports do not currently distinguish between households/individuals exiting emergency accommodation and those who have been assessed by housing authorities as homeless but were prevented from entering emergency accommodation. My Department is introducing amendments to the quarterly reports to capture additional details on exits to tenancies from emergency accommodation.

Traveller Accommodation

Questions (659, 660)

Eoin Ó Broin

Question:

659. Deputy Eoin Ó Broin asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the average cost of providing a Traveller specific accommodation unit funded via the local authority Traveller accommodation programme in 2018. [21625/19]

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Eoin Ó Broin

Question:

660. Deputy Eoin Ó Broin asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the number of Traveller accommodation units delivered in 2017 and 2018; and the average cost of these units. [21626/19]

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Written answers (Question to Housing)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 659 and 660 together.

In accordance with the Housing (Traveller Accommodation) Act 1998, housing authorities have statutory responsibility for the assessment of the accommodation needs of Travellers and the preparation, adoption and implementation of multi-annual Traveller Accommodation Programmes (TAPs) in their areas.  My Department’s role is to ensure that there are adequate structures and supports in place to assist the authorities in providing such accommodation, including a national framework of policy, legislation and funding. 

Traveller-specific projects and developments are focused on group housing schemes and halting sites.  This includes meeting Traveller-specific housing needs through a range of mechanisms, including the provision of mobiles and caravans; the provision and refurbishment of halting sites and bays with sites; the refurbishment and extension of existing group housing; the return to use of void group housing; and the provision of new group housing.

In 2017, €4.8m was recouped to local authorities in respect of 200 units of Traveller accommodation.  In 2018, my Department recouped €6.3m in respect of 107 units of Traveller  accommodation.

Housing Data

Questions (661, 669)

Eoin Ó Broin

Question:

661. Deputy Eoin Ó Broin asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the average cost of delivering a social housing unit through the buy and renew scheme in 2018. [21627/19]

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Eoin Ó Broin

Question:

669. Deputy Eoin Ó Broin asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the number of homes brought into use in the first quarter of 2019 via the buy and renew scheme. [21922/19]

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Written answers (Question to Housing)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 661 and 669 together.

The average all-in cost to deliver a social housing unit through the Buy & Renew Scheme is currently circa. €193,000.

The social housing statistical returns for quarter 1 of 2019 are currently being compiled and will be available shortly.

Local Authority Funding

Questions (662)

Eoin Ó Broin

Question:

662. Deputy Eoin Ó Broin asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the amount allocated to each local authority for rental property inspections in 2018 and 2019; and the projected increase in funding for this purpose for 2020, 2021 and 2022. [21628/19]

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Written answers (Question to Housing)

Between 2005 and 2017, over €36 million has been paid to local authorities to assist them in the performance of their functions under the Housing Acts, including the inspection of rented accommodation. Over 229,000 inspections were carried out during this period.

The Rental Strategy recognises the need for additional resources to be provided to local authorities to aid increased inspections of properties and ensure greater compliance with the Regulations. Provision has been made for €4.5 million of Exchequer funding to be made available to local authorities in 2019 for this purpose, with the intention of providing further increases each year in the period to 2021 to facilitate a targeted inspection coverage of 25% of rental properties annually at that stage. 

Detailed information in relation to inspections carried out by each Local Authority since 2005 can be found on my Department's website at the following link:

http://www.housing.gov.ie/housing/statistics/house-building-and-private-rented/private-housing-market-statistics.

Information in relation to  2018 is currently being collated by my Department and will be available on my Department's website shortly.

Housing Adaptation Grant Data

Questions (663)

Eoin Ó Broin

Question:

663. Deputy Eoin Ó Broin asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the amount of funding allocated and drawn down for housing adaptation grants in each local authority in 2018 and to date in 2019; and the projected increase in funding for this purpose for 2020, 2021 and 2022. [21629/19]

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Written answers (Question to Housing)

Information on the allocations to each local authority under the Housing Adaptation Grants for Older People and People with a Disability in private houses, for 2018 and 2019 is publicly available on my Department’s website, at the following links - 

For 2018: https://www.housing.gov.ie/housing/special-housing-needs/minister-english-announces-eu6625-million-funding-improve-homes-older.

For 2019: https://www.housing.gov.ie/housing/special-housing-needs/older-people/minister-english-announces-eu7125-million-funding-improve.

Information on the grants paid in 2018 by the local authorities is also set out on my Department’s website, at the following link: http://www.housing.gov.ie/housing/statistics/social-and-affordble/other-local-authority-housing-scheme-statistics

The following table contains details of the 2019 exchequer funding drawn down in respect of these Grants, up to the end of April this year. These amounts do not necessarily represent what each local authority has spent, as funding may have been spent but not yet claimed from my Department.  Also, the amounts shown for exchequer draw down, are topped up by each local authority's own 20% contribution.

Local Authority

Exchequer draw down up to 30 April 2019

Carlow

€176,966

Cavan

€0

Clare

€134,746

Cork County

€683,544

Cork City

€175,000

Donegal

€314,034

Dublin City

€2,127,787

Dun Laoghaire/Rathdown

€258,375

Fingal

€398,532

Galway County

€182,332

Galway City

€233,536

Kerry

€424,090

Kildare

€19,228

Kilkenny

€104,554

Laois

€0

Leitrim

€35,133

Limerick

€348,108

Longford

€60,413

Louth

€0

Mayo

€394,668

Meath

€436,202

Monaghan

€497,569

Offaly

€0

Roscommon

€191,053

Sligo

€283,586

South Dublin

€579,627

Tipperary

€539,004

Waterford

€342,057

Westmeath

€92,458

Wexford

€637,136

Wicklow

€0

I am conscious of the benefit accruing from the schemes, particularly in terms of facilitating older people and people with a disability, to remain living independently in their own homes.  This is recognised in the Programme for Government and as a consequence, funding has been increasing year on year since 2014.  As part of the annual budgetary process, consideration will be given in future years to increasing further the funding for these Grants in line with both Rebuilding Ireland and the Government's Policy Statement on Housing Options for Our Ageing Population, which is also available on my Department's website at the following link: https://www.housing.gov.ie/sites/default/files/publications/files/housingoptionsforanageingpopulationeng_web.pdf.

Over the course of each year, my Department works closely with all local authorities, to monitor spend and to achieve a full drawdown of the available funding. As the year progresses, any underspend is redistributed to those local authorities with high levels of grant activity who sought additional funding.

Housing for People with Disabilities Provision

Questions (664)

John Lahart

Question:

664. Deputy John Lahart asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the number of social housing units allocated to persons with disabilities in 2017 and 2018; and the detail of the allocation in terms of the number of persons with disabilities here proportionally. [21658/19]

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Written answers (Question to Housing)

Local authorities are responsible in law for the provision of social housing in their areas, and, as such, decide on the number and specific types of dwellings to provide in their developments, based on identified need.  In that context, my Department does not compile statistics in relation to allocations to people with disabilities.

One of the key initiatives under the National Housing Strategy for People with a Disability (NHSPWD), which has been extended to 2020, was the establishment of Housing and Disability Steering Groups (HDSGs) in all housing authority areas, to achieve a coordinated and integrated approach to meeting the housing needs of people with a disability at local level.  These are chaired by Directors of Housing in each authority and include HSE and disability representative organisations. 

Each HDSG has prepared a local Strategic Plan for its own City/County area, to develop specific local strategies to meet identified and emerging need over the next five years. These Plans, the majority of which are now available on the relevant local authority websites, along with the annual Summary of Social Housing Assessments (SSHA), will allow local authorities to plan more strategically for the housing needs of people with a disability and will support the delivery of accommodation using all appropriate housing supply mechanisms.

Local Authority Housing Data

Questions (665)

Eoin Ó Broin

Question:

665. Deputy Eoin Ó Broin asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the funding provided to local authorities for the purposes of energy efficiency retrofitting of social housing stock in each of the years 2016 to 2018 and to date in 2019. [21846/19]

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Written answers (Question to Housing)

The Energy Efficiency/Retrofitting Programme was launched in 2013 to improve the insulation standards and overall energy performance of local authority social housing stock. The programme is being implemented in two phases: Phase 1 provides funding targeted at the less intrusive cavity wall/attic insulation, while Phase 2 focuses on the fabric upgrade works to dwellings with solid/hollow block wall construction and includes the provision of heating upgrades.  Consequently, the amounts allocated annually to local authorities reflect the implementation of the programme across the different phases.

Since the programme commenced, over 68,000 social homes have been retrofitted, with a total exchequer spend of some €128 million.  There is a budget of €25m for the Energy Efficiency Programme for 2019 and allocations for this year will be issuing to local authorities shortly.

The following is a breakdown, by local authority, of the funding drawn down under the Programme between 2016 and 2018: 

 

2016 Funding Drawndown € 

2017 Funding Drawndown € 

2018 Funding Drawndown € 

Carlow

48,750

169,812

236,883

Cavan

327,346

79,337

22,197

Clare

260,960

65,522

328,632

Cork City

4,593,455

1,761,898

2,826,636

Cork   County 

2,913,930

384,102

2,493,573

Donegal

797,268

754,856

0

Dublin City

670,496

1,990,878

1,825,182

Dun Laoghaire / Rathdown

182,956

0

0

Fingal

983,250

0

1,347,167

Galway City

2,344,707

44,936

0

Galway County

774,437

0

0

Kerry

146,213

311,106

187,165

Kildare

1,224,403

393,189

398,384

Kilkenny

147,093

312,184

289,975

Laois

77,999

0

121,840

Leitrim

173,231

0

0

Limerick City

0

0

748,800

Longford

0

0

0

Louth

954,333

65,764

484,910

Mayo

330,567

117,105

477,236

Meath

874,625

113,920

385,242

Monaghan

0

155,359

0

Offaly

301,861

0

0

Roscommon

29,576

444,813

0

Sligo

243,399

0

0

South Dublin

748,330

761,731

0

Tipperary   North

326,827

282,233

424,998

Waterford City

0

0

236,250

Westmeath

863,517

434,441

54,801

Wexford

206,428

22,082

52,762

Wicklow

1,986,878

0

0

TOTAL

22,532,835

8,665,268

12,942,633

Planning Issues

Questions (666)

Eoin Ó Broin

Question:

666. Deputy Eoin Ó Broin asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the status of the review of planning exemptions for solar panels; and when he expects the review to be published. [21847/19]

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Written answers (Question to Housing)

Under the Planning and Development Act 2000, as amended, all development, unless specifically exempted under the Act or associated Regulations, requires planning permission.  Section 4 of the Act and Schedule 2 of the Planning and Development Regulations 2001, as amended, set out various exemptions from the requirement to obtain planning permission.  Any such exemptions are subject to compliance with any general restrictions on exemptions set out in the Act or the Regulations and to the specific conditions set out in each class of exempted development in Schedule 2 of the Regulations.

With regard to exemptions for solar panels, Class 2 of Part 1 of Schedule 2 of the Regulations provides an exemption for "the installation or erection of a solar panel on, or within the curtilage of a house or any buildings within the curtilage of a house", subject to certain siting and size conditions.

Class 56 of Part 1 of Schedule 2 of the Regulations provides an exemption for "the installation or erection on or within the curtilage of an industrial building, or any ancillary buildings within the curtilage of an industrial building, of solar panels (thermal collector or photo- voltaic)", subject to specific conditions.  Additional exemptions also exist under Class 56 for business premises and light industrial buildings.

Furthermore, Class 18 of Part 3 of Schedule 2 of the Regulations provides an exemption for "the installation or erection on an agricultural structure, or within the curtilage of an agricultural holding, of solar panels (thermal collector or photo-voltaic)", again subject to a number of conditions. 

Exemptions from the requirement to obtain planning permission in respect of specific forms of development are provided for when they are considered to be consistent with proper planning and sustainable development.

My Department is currently undertaking a review of the solar panel exemptions, in consultation with the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment and other key stakeholders, with a view to bringing forward amending Regulations, as may be required - for example to reflect technical developments in the sector - in the latter part of 2019.  As required under the Planning code, any such proposed exempted development regulations must be laid in draft form before the Oireacthas and receive a positive resolution from both Houses before they can be made.

Home Loan Scheme

Questions (667)

Eoin Ó Broin

Question:

667. Deputy Eoin Ó Broin asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the number of Rebuilding Ireland home loans drawn down in each local authority area at the end of the first quarter of 2019, in tabular form. [21920/19]

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Written answers (Question to Housing)

As with the previous local authority home loan offerings, loan applications under the Rebuilding Ireland Home Loan are made directly to the local authority in whose area the property proposed for purchase is situated. My Department does not directly collect information on the number of enquiries to local authorities regarding the loan or the number of loan applications received by local authorities.

However, as is currently the case, my Department will continue to publish information on the overall number and value of (i) local authority loan approvals and (ii) local authority loan drawdowns. Information up to Q4 2018 is available on the Department's website at the following link: http://www.housing.gov.ie/housing/statistics/house-prices-loans-and-profile-borrowers/local-authority-loan-activity, and this information will be updated on a quarterly basis as additional data is compiled.

Repair and Leasing Scheme

Question No. 669 answered with Question No. 661.

Questions (668)

Eoin Ó Broin

Question:

668. Deputy Eoin Ó Broin asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the number of homes brought into use in the first quarter of 2019 via the repair and lease scheme. [21921/19]

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Written answers (Question to Housing)

At the end of 2018, a total of 1,260 applications had been received from property owners under the Repair and Lease Scheme (RLS); 89 homes had been brought back into use and were tenanted; and 132 agreements for lease had been signed. A detailed breakdown of RLS data by local authority up to end Q4 2018 is available on my Department’s website at the following link: http://www.housing.gov.ie/housing/social-housing/social-and-affordble/overall-social-housing-provision

RLS data for Q1 2019 are currently being collated and will be published on my Department's website shortly.

Question No. 669 answered with Question No. 661.

Housing Agency Data

Questions (670)

Eoin Ó Broin

Question:

670. Deputy Eoin Ó Broin asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the number of homes acquired via the Housing Agency in the first quarter of 2019; and the average cost of each unit. [21923/19]

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Written answers (Question to Housing)

Data in relation to all social housing activity in Q1 2019 is currently being collated and will be published on my Department's website shortly. 

Traveller Accommodation

Questions (671)

Eoin Ó Broin

Question:

671. Deputy Eoin Ó Broin asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the Traveller accommodation allocations for each local authority for 2019; and the drawdown for the first quarter of 2019 for each local authority in tabular form. [21924/19]

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Written answers (Question to Housing)

In accordance with the Housing (Traveller Accommodation) Act 1998, housing authorities have statutory responsibility for the assessment of the accommodation needs of Travellers and the preparation, adoption and implementation of multi-annual Traveller Accommodation Programmes (TAPs) in their areas.  My Department’s role is to ensure that there are adequate structures and supports in place to assist the authorities in providing such accommodation, including a national framework of policy, legislation and funding. 

Housing authorities submit funding proposals for individual Traveller-specific projects and developments on an annual basis.  These projects are assessed on a case-by-case basis in my Department in advance of allocations being made.  In addition, further funding may be considered by my Department throughout the year in the light of progress across the programme generally.  There is regular contact between my Department and housing authorities in order to try to ensure maximum progress and drawdown.  If it becomes clear that allocations or part thereof may be unspent, then those allocations will be diverted to alternative projects and developments. 

The amounts of funding allocated in 2019, and drawn down by housing authorities in Q1 2019, for Traveller-specific accommodation are set out in the following table.

LOCAL AUTHORITY

ALLOCATION 2019

Drawdown Q1 2019

CARLOW

70,000

-

CAVAN

95,000

-

CLARE

635,000

326,000

CORK CITY  

276,000

-

CORK   COUNTY

258,000

-

DONEGAL

162,000

-

DUBLIN   CITY

1,629,000

-

DUN   LAOGHAIRE-R.DOWN

-

-

FINGAL

-

-

SOUTH   DUBLIN

131,000

-

GALWAY   CITY

-

-

GALWAY   COUNTY

1,413,000

72,000

KERRY

77,200

-

KILDARE

1,000,000

-

KILKENNY

22,000

140,000

LAOIS

-

-

LEITRIM

178,000

-

LIMERICK   CITY & COUNTY

1,015,000

169,000

LONGFORD

3,000 

-

LOUTH

133,000

-

MAYO

-

-

MEATH

75,000

-

MONAGHAN

100,000

-

OFFALY

815,000

139,000

ROSCOMMON

253,000

-

SLIGO

1,436,000

96,000

TIPPERARY

26,000

-

WATERFORD CITY & COUNTY

170,000

54,000

WESTMEATH

100,000

-

WEXFORD

335,000

-

WICKLOW

105,000

-

 

 

 

TOTAL

10,511,000

997,000

RESERVE*

2,489,000

-

BUDGET

13,000,000

-

* Reserve for emergency replacement mobiles, caravan loan grants and first time buyers grant and new projects that arise throughout the year.

Homeless Persons Data

Questions (672, 682)

Róisín Shortall

Question:

672. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the number of persons in sections 10 and 32 funded services; the number of adults and children in each; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [21936/19]

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John Curran

Question:

682. Deputy John Curran asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the number of households in emergency accommodation in each local authority; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [22118/19]

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Written answers (Question to Housing)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 672 and 682 together.

My Department's role in relation to homelessness involves the provision of a national framework of policy, legislation and funding to underpin the role of housing authorities in addressing homelessness at local level.  Under Exchequer funding arrangements in place my Department does not fund any homeless services directly but provides funding to housing authorities towards the operational costs of homeless accommodation and related services under Section 10 of the Housing Act, 1988.  Under these funding arrangements housing authorities provide at least 10% of the cost of services from their own resources.  Furthermore, housing authorities may incur additional expenditure on homeless related services outside of these funding arrangements, including the provision of services under the Health Acts.

My Department publishes a monthly report on homelessness. The monthly report is based on data provided by housing authorities and produced through the Pathway Accommodation & Support System (PASS).  The report sets out details of the number of adults and associated dependents utilising emergency accommodation arrangements overseen by housing authorities.  

The most recent report is for March 2019 and showed that there were 10,305 persons in emergency accommodation in that month, comprising 6,484 adults, 1,733 families incorporating 2,445 adults (a subset of the overall 6,484 adults) and 3,821 associated dependants. The monthly report does not provide details on household composition.

The March 2019 monthly report is available on my Department’s website at the following link: https://www.housing.gov.ie/housing/homelessness/homeless-report-march-2019

The Health Service Executive may provide funding to organisations delivering health services, including organisations involved in the delivery of homeless services, under section 39 of the Health Act 2004. The provision of funding under the Health Act 2004 is a matter for my colleague, the Minister for Health.

Seaweed Harvesting Licences

Questions (673)

Catherine Murphy

Question:

673. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government if he will provide a copy of the notice that was placed in a national newspaper regarding a licence that was issued to a company (details supplied) to harvest seaweed; if this licence included a permission to mechanically harvest; the area size that is licensed for harvesting by the company; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [21965/19]

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Written answers (Question to Housing)

My Department has published extensive information and documentation pertaining to the application concerned, including the information sought.  This information is available for viewing on the Department's website at the following link: https://www.housing.gov.ie/planning/foreshore/applications/bioatlantis-ltd

Seaweed Harvesting Licences

Questions (674)

Catherine Murphy

Question:

674. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government if an environmental impact assessment must be undertaken as part of the application for licence and-or prior to commencement of harvesting upon licence being granted in the context of large scale mechanical harvesting of seaweed; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [21977/19]

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Written answers (Question to Housing)

The Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Directive 2014/52/EU applies to a wide range of projects – the annexes to this Directive specify what types of projects are mandatory vs. discretionary, in terms of the requirement to conduct an EIA.  In the area of seaweed harvesting projects, it is not a mandatory requirement to conduct an EIA.

The decision as to whether an EIA is required is made through the "screening procedure".  The procedural process, with information on the screening procedure and EIA, is available on my Department's website at https://www.housing.gov.ie/planning/foreshore/applying-consent/consent-process-explained.

Election Management System

Questions (675)

Niall Collins

Question:

675. Deputy Niall Collins asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the remuneration that returning officers receive for carrying out their duties in respect of the 2019 local elections; the names of the appointed returning officers in each local authority for the 2019 local and European elections in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [21985/19]

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Written answers (Question to Housing)

Information relating to the remuneration received by returning officers for carrying out their duties in respect of the 2019 local elections is not available in my Department.  The Local Elections Regulations 1995 makes provision in Part II for the appointment, duties and expenses of returning officers for local elections.  Article 8 of those Regulations provides that the expenses of the returning officer shall be met by the local authority.

My Department has compiled in tabular format attached, the names of the local returning officers appointed under article 4 of the Local Elections Regulations 1995 in respect of the local elections 2019; the names of the returning officers for each European Parliament constituency, appointed under section 16 of the European Parliament Elections Act 1997 in respect of the European Parliament elections 2019; and the names of the local returning officers for each county, city and city and county situate in a European Parliament constituency, appointed under section 17 of the European Parliament Elections Act 1997 in respect of the European Parliament elections 2019.

Constituency Returning Officers for European Parliament Elections 2019

Constituency

Constituency Returning Officer

Dublin

Fergus Gallagher

Midlands-North-West

Fintan J Murphy

South

Martin Harvey

European Local Returning Officers

Constituency

European Local Returning Officer – May 2019

Carlow

Kilkenny

Wexford

Marie Garahy,

Courthouse,

Carlow.

Cavan

Leitrim

Monaghan

Joseph Smith,

Circuit Court Office,

Courthouse,

Cavan.

Clare

Limerick City and County

Patrick Wallace,

The Courthouse,

Ennis,

Co. Clare.

Cork County

Sinead McNamara,

3rd Floor,

6 Lapps Quay,

Cork.

Cork City

Martin A Harvey,

33 Washington Street,

Cork.

Donegal

Sligo

Geraldine O’Connor,

Circuit Court Office,

Courthouse,

Letterkenny,

Co. Donegal.

Dublin City

Joseph Burke,

13 Fownes Street,

Dublin 2.

Dún Laoghaire- Rathdown

Fingal

South Dublin

Fergus Gallagher,

Unit 17,

Tolka Valley Business Park,

Ballyboggan Road,

Finglas,

Dublin 11.

Galway County

Galway City

Marian Chambers Higgins,

Circuit Court Office,

Courthouse,

Galway.

Kerry

Padraig Burke,

Circuit Court Office,

The Courts Service,

Floor 2, Centre Point,

John Joe Sheehy Road,

Tralee,

Co. Kerry.

Kildare

Eithne Coughlan,

Circuit Court Office,

Courthouse,

Naas,

Co. Kildare.

Laois

Offaly

Paul Fetherstonhaugh,

Courthouse,

Portlaoise,

Co. Laois.

Longford

Westmeath

Brídín Concannon,

Election Office,

The Courthouse,

Mount Street,

Mullingar,

Co. Westmeath.

Louth

Meath

Mairead Ahern,

Court House,

Market Square,

Dundalk,

Co. Louth.

Mayo

Roscommon

Fintan J Murphy,

Courthouse,

Castlebar,

Co. Mayo.

Tipperary

James Seymour,

Courthouse,

Clonmel,

Co. Tipperary.

Wicklow

Mary Delahanty,

Unit 28,

Southern Cross Business Park,

Boghall Road,

Bray,

Wicklow.

Waterford City and County

Niall Rooney,

Circuit Court Office,

Courthouse,

Catherine Street,

Co. Waterford.

Returning Officers for 2019 Local Elections

Local Authority

Returning Officer

Carlow County Council

Eamon Brophy

Cavan County Council

Eoin Doyle

Clare County Council

Pat Dowling

Cork City Council

Paul Moynihan

Cork County Council

Maurice Manning

Donegal County Council

Brian Boyle

Dublin City Council

Ms. Deirdre Ni Raghallaigh

Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council

Ms. Mary T. Daly

Fingal County Council

John Quinlivan

Galway City Council

Gary McMahon

Galway County Council

Alan Farrell

Kerry County Council

Martin O’Donoghue

Kildare County Council

Tadhg McDonnell

Kilkenny County Council

Anne Maria Walsh

Laois County Council

Donal Brennan

Leitrim County Council

Mary Quinn

Limerick City & County Council

Conn Murray

Longford County Council

Nora O’Farrell

Louth County Council

Joe McGuinness

Mayo County Council

John Condon

Meath County Council

Des Foley

Monaghan County Council

Carmel Thornton

Offaly County Council

Ann Dillon

Roscommon County Council

Shane Tiernan

Sligo County Council

John Moran

South Dublin County Council

Lorna Maxwell

Tipperary County Council

Ger Walsh

Waterford City & County Council

Kieran Kehoe

Westmeath County Council

Ciaron Martin

Wexford County Council

Pat Collins

Wicklow County Council

Thomas Murphy

Commemorative Medals

Questions (676)

Jack Chambers

Question:

676. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government further to Parliamentary Question No. 542 of 9 October 2018, the status of the awarding of medals to staff of the Dublin Fire Brigade and national ambulance service; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [22006/19]

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Written answers (Question to Housing)

The issuing of 1916-2016 Commemorative medals to the Defence Forces was a commitment in 'A Programme for Partnership Government'. Seperately, my Department is commissioning medals in recognition of the role played by staff working in the Fire Services in relation to the 1916 commemorations.  It is envisaged that all Fire Services staff serving in 2016 will be eligible to receive the medal. Following the necessary procurement, my Department will be in touch with Fire Authorities shortly with regard to the distribution of the medals. 

Responsibility for the provision of emergency medical services, including pre-hospital emergency care, rests with the Health Service Executive (HSE) which operates the National Ambulance Service (NAS) and any decision to present medals to National Ambulance Staff would be a matter for my colleague the Minster for Health.