Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Questions (2861)

Eoin Ó Broin


2861. Deputy Eoin Ó Broin asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government further to Parliamentary Question No. 855 of 9 July 2019, the steps he is taking to ensure the full amount of the €13 million in funding available for Traveller accommodation for 2019 is drawn down by local authorities. [31973/19]

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Written answers (Question to Housing)

I refer to the reply to Question No. 855 of 9 July 2019.

In addition, in line with the commitment in Rebuilding Ireland, and reflecting the disappointing level of overall funding drawdown in recent years, the Housing Agency commissioned a review of funding for Traveller-specific accommodation. Following consideration of the review, the National Traveller Accommodation Consultative Committee recommended the establishment of an independent expert group to review the effectiveness, implementation and operation of legislation and to put forward proposals to improve delivery of Traveller accommodation nationally. The Expert Group was established in September 2018 and has now completed their report which has been presented to me.

My Department will consider the recommendations made by the Expert Group that have the potential to improve the delivery of Traveller accommodation nationally and help to ensure that full use is made of the increasing level of funding available for investment in Traveller accommodation.