Thursday, 11 February 2021

Questions (99)

Catherine Murphy

Question:

99. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage the funding schemes available from his Department in respect of fire services in local authority housing; the payments that were made to each local authority under these schemes and initiatives by county in each of the years 2018 to 2020, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [7551/21]

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Written answers (Question to Housing)

The provision of a fire service in its functional area, including the establishment and maintenance of a fire brigade, the assessment of fire cover needs and the provision of fire station premises, is a statutory function of individual fire authorities under the Fire Services Acts, 1981 and 2003. My Department supports the fire authorities through setting general policy, providing a central training programme, issuing guidance on operational and other related matters and providing capital funding for equipment and priority infrastructural projects.

My Department runs a Community Smoke Alarm scheme which distributes smoke alarms to what are identified as vulnerable households. The scheme was initiated in 2007 and has seen over 150,000 alarms distributed by fire service personnel, including to those in local authority housing. The recoupments made to each local authority under this schemes by county, in each of the years 2018 to 2020, is outlined in Table 1 below.

Table 1 - Recoupments to Local Authorities in respect of Community Smoke Alarm Scheme

Fire Authority

Year

Amount recouped €

CARLOW COUNTY COUNCIL

2019

6,919

CLARE COUNTY COUNCIL

2019

2,829

CORK CITY COUNCIL

2019

8,118

2020

6,323

CORK COUNTY COUNCIL

2019

11,624

2020

2,920

DONEGAL COUNTY COUNCIL

2019

13,837

DUBLIN CITY COUNCIL

2019

14,145

GALWAY COUNTY COUNCIL

2018

8,118

2019

17,835

KERRY COUNTY COUNCIL

2018

5,304

2020

12,349

KILKENNY COUNTY COUNCIL

2019

4,151

2020

5,535

LAOIS COUNTY COUNCIL

2019

20,756

LEITRIM COUNTY COUNCIL

2019

2,151

LONGFORD COUNTY COUNCIL

2020

8,487

LOUTH COUNTY COUNCIL

2019

6,365

MEATH COUNTY COUNCIL

2019

20,756

MONAGHAN COUNTY COUNCIL

2019

7,072

SLIGO COUNTY COUNCIL

2018

2,706

2019

5,658

SOUTH DUBLIN COUNTY COUNCIL

2018

6,765

TIPPERARY COUNTY COUNCIL

2018

20,295

2019

13,838

2020

8,302

WESTMEATH COUNTY COUNCIL

2018

5,412

2019

14,145

WEXFORD COUNTY COUNCIL

2019

16,833

2020

16,974