Tuesday, 11 June 2019

Questions (1006)

Bernard Durkan

Question:

1006. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the number of local authority houses under construction; when they are likely to be ready for occupation; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [24308/19]

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Written answers (Question to Housing)

The latest quarterly Social Housing Construction Status Report shows that almost 5,000 social homes were under construction at end Q4 2018, of which 2,345 were in the local authorities' own build programmes.

It will be these schemes that will form the bulk of the housing delivery over the course of 2019, although further projects will continue to be added to the pipeline on an ongoing basis. The end Q4 2018 report is available on the Rebuilding Ireland website at the following link: http://rebuildingireland.ie/news/minister-murphy-publishes-social-housing-construction-status-report-for-q4-2018/. 

It should be noted that details of social housing delivery for Q1 2019 are being finalised and will be published shortly. All local authorities are encouraged to further accelerate their programmes and I have assured them that the necessary funding is available to support their work in this regard.