Wednesday, 24 March 2021

Questions (1073)

Thomas Pringle

Question:

1073. Deputy Thomas Pringle asked the Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth if he will report on the stalled building of the new premises at a location (details supplied) which needs a two-month lead in for inspections by Tusla before beginning operations in the new location; his plans to ensure that there is no delay of these vital services while this matter is being resolved; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [14364/21]

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Written answers (Question to Children)

I am aware of the concerns of the organisation to which the Deputy refers, and have been contacted in this regard by the organisation itself and by public representatives on its behalf. Tusla has advised of its support of the project.

The Department of the Taoiseach leads the Government response to COVID-19, and has issued guidelines for construction work during the current Level 5 restrictions, published on

https://www.gov.ie/en/publication/c9158-essential-services/#construction-and-development

It is a matter for the organisation in question to consider the relevant public health guidance including Level 5 restrictions on construction and take whatever course of action is appropriate.

I have asked Tusla to respond directly to the Deputy with regard to the operational elements of your question.