Tuesday, 24 November 2020

Questions (343)

John McGuinness

Question:

343. Deputy John McGuinness asked the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage the number of tribunals, enquiries or investigations being undertaken currently by his Department; the number that are in the process of being set up; the number in which the terms of reference are not complete or not agreed; the cost of all to date; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [38044/20]

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Written answers (Question to Housing)

My Department is not undertaking nor in the process of setting up any Tribunals or Inquiries.

Following an investigation, a report is being compiled into the alleged role, if any, of Dublin City Council regarding payments made to certain individuals for the purpose of facilitating the protection of social housing developments in Ballyfermot/Cherry Orchard, Dublin 10, against anti-social behaviour, intimidation of workers and criminal damage. The report was commissioned under the Local Government Act 2001 and has cost €39,475 to date. The terms of reference of this statutory review are available at

https://rebuildingireland.ie/news/eoghan-murphy-td-appoints-patrick-butler-sc-as-authorised-person-to-investigate-dcc-allegations/

The Programme for Government provides for an examination of defective housing, having regard to the recommendations of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Housing report, ‘Safe as Houses". Terms of Reference for this examination have not been completed and, to date, there have been no costs arising.