Wednesday, 20 January 2021

Questions (210)

Catherine Murphy

Question:

210. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage if local authorities have provided information on the number of construction sites they have given their approval to remain open during the current level 5 restrictions; if so, the number of sites by local authority area; if he has received complaints regarding non-compliance; if so, the number of same; the persons or bodies that made the complaints; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [2446/21]

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Written answers (Question to Housing)

The Government announced that additional public health restrictions would apply under Level 5 of the Plan for Living with COVID-19 on 6 January 2021. The additional restrictions required all construction activity to cease from 6pm on Friday 8 January, with certain exemptions, including social housing developments meeting certain criteria. These measures are set out in the Health Act 1947 (Section 31A - Temporary Restrictions) (Covid-19) (No. 10) (Amendment) Regulations 2021. The Housing Agency is maintaining a register of sites, which have been designated as essential social housing projects under the Regulations. The table below sets out the number of sites designated in each local authority. I have not received any complaints in relation to non-compliance at these sites.

Local Authority

No. of Projects Designated

Carlow County Council

10

Cavan County Council

4

Clare County Council

4

Cork City Council

16

Cork County Council

23

Donegal County Council

5

Dublin City Council

18

Dun Laoghaire Rathdown

10

Fingal County Council

8

Galway City Council

5

Galway County Council

7

Kerry County Council

12

Kildare County Council

31

Kilkenny County Council

6

Laois County Council

13

Leitrim County Council

3

Limerick City and County Council

14

Longford County Council

4

Louth County Council

12

Mayo County Council

5

Meath County Council

6

Monaghan County Council

7

Offaly County Council

2

Roscommon County Council

4

Sligo County Council

3

South Dublin County Council

10

Tipperary County Council

2

Waterford City and County Council

12

Westmeath County Council

10

Wexford County Council

11

Wicklow County Council

16

Total

293