Tuesday, 5 November 2019

Questions (61, 63)

Niamh Smyth

Question:

61. Deputy Niamh Smyth asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government if he has met either Cavan County Council or Monaghan County Council to discuss the social housing strategies of his Department; the housing targets for new builds in both counties for 2019; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [44966/19]

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Niamh Smyth

Question:

63. Deputy Niamh Smyth asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the number of houses acquired and-or purchased by Cavan and Monaghan county councils, respectively, in each of the years 2013 to 2018 and to date in 2019; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [44967/19]

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Written answers (Question to Housing)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 61 and 63 together.

I meet regularly with the Chief Executives of all the local authorities, including those from Cavan and Monaghan, in relation to the advancement of social housing in line with Rebuilding Ireland. I most recently met the Chief Executives in September 2019, and that followed a Housing Summit I held with them in February 2019.

Further to my meetings with the Chief Executives, follow up meetings have been held between my Department and local authority senior management, which again includes Cavan and Monaghan County Councils. I intend to continue similar contacts in the future.

In March of this year, I wrote to all local authorities setting out their social housing targets for 2019 across all delivery streams. These social housing targets - including for Cavan and Monaghan - are publicly available on the Rebuilding Ireland website at the following link: http://rebuildingireland.ie/news/social-housing-targets-2019/.

Progress against targets is tracked on a quarterly basis. The most recent report sets out the position at the end of Quarter 2 of 2019 and is available on the Rebuilding Ireland website at the following link: https://www.housing.gov.ie/housing/statistics/housing-statistics. Details of the number of houses delivered in each local authority area, including Cavan and Monaghan and including construction and acquisition, are also available at this link. Details relating to delivery in Quarter 3 of 2019 will be published as soon as they are validated.