Wednesday, 18 December 2019

Questions (473)

Fergus O'Dowd

Question:

473. Deputy Fergus O'Dowd asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the capital expenditure by his Department in County Louth and east County Meath by location and facility provided or commenced in each of the past four years; the location and purpose of each such expenditure; the new and improved services provided as a result; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [53846/19]

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Written answers (Question to Housing)

My Department has a wide and diverse business agenda, covering a broad range of functions, including local authority housing, voluntary housing, homeless services, estate regeneration, energy efficiency retrofitting, housing grants, rural water schemes, urban regeneration, and fire services. In order to achieve its business objectives, the Department allocates significant resources to an extensive range of organisations, including local authorities, dedicated agencies, and other bodies; some allocations, depending on the programmes concerned, are made on a national or other non-county basis.  In these circumstances, the information requested is not readily available in my Department and its compilation would involve a disproportionate amount of time and work. However, there is a significant volume of information available on the Rebuilding Ireland website, including quarterly social housing construction status reports, which detail the activity by local authority area, with the latest report for Q3 2019 available at https://rebuildingireland.ie/news/minister-murphy-publishes-social-housing-construction-status-report-for-q3-2019/

 If the Deputy is interested in a more specific issue concerning funding from my Department, and tables a Parliamentary Question in that regard, I will endeavour to provide the information sought.