Wednesday, 29 May 2019

Questions (163)

Richard Boyd Barrett


163. Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government when further funds will be released to Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council to facilitate the Rebuilding Ireland home loan scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [22925/19]

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Written answers (Question to Housing)

When the Rebuilding Ireland Home Loan was initially being developed, it was estimated that the drawdown of loans under the scheme would be approximately €200 million over three years. From the data collated on the scheme to date, the RIHL has proven to be more successful than initially anticipated, as a result of which, the scheme would require a further tranche of funds to be borrowed by the HFA in order to enable its continuation.

My Department is currently in discussions with the Departments of Public Expenditure and Reform and Finance with regard to the amount of a second tranche, which I anticipate, will be finalised soon. When these discussions are concluded I will be in a position to make an announcement on the matter. However, the scheme remains open and all local authorities have been advised to continue to receive and process applications up to and including the issuing of loans. An announcement on the amount of additional funding to be provided is not inhibiting the running of the scheme in any way.