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Dáil Éireann Debate, Wednesday - 27 January 2021

Wednesday, 27 January 2021

Questions (351)

Róisín Shortall


351. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage the steps he has taken since assuming office to set up a taskforce to examine the effects of construction defects for homeowners, both house and apartment owners; the workplan of the taskforce; the reporting timeframe; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [4297/21]

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Written answers (Question to Housing)

The Programme for Government sets out a number of commitments in respect of the important policy area of building defects and provides for an examination of defective housing, having regard to the recommendations of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Housing report, "Safe as Houses".

In this regard, my Department is actively engaging with key stakeholders and I have had several meetings with stakeholder representative groups on this matter over recent months. My Department is currently working to establish the structures to examine the issue of defective housing, this will include apartment buildings, in line with the commitment in the Programme for Government.

I recently appointed Mr Seamus Neely, former Chief Executive of Donegal County Council, to the position of Chair to the independent working group to oversee the effective implementation of the group’s terms of reference which are currently being finalised.

It is intended to conclude the process of finalising measures, including membership and methodologies, to establish the independent working group in consultation with the key stakeholders in the coming weeks, with a view to holding the inaugural plenary working group meeting shortly thereafter.

In regard to the timeline, the Programme for Government specifically states that the issue is to be examined in the first 12 months of the Government and the establishment of this independent working group, which will be up and running in Q1 of this year, is a clear demonstration of how seriously I treat this issue.