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Housing Policy

Dáil Éireann Debate, Tuesday - 7 December 2021

Tuesday, 7 December 2021

Questions (246)

Pádraig O'Sullivan

Question:

246. Deputy Pádraig O'Sullivan asked the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage when he expects the recommendations to be made by a national working group established by his Department to identify solutions with respect to unsold affordable properties owned by either local authorities and housing bodies and currently occupied by local authority tenants; if a purchase option for these respective tenants is one of the recommendations being considered; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [60176/21]

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Written answers (Question to Housing)

In September 2020 I convened a working group to examine the issues around unsold affordable properties (USAs). The working group comprises members of the Local Government Sector, Housing Finance Agency, Housing Agency, Approved Housing Bodies through the Irish Council of Social Housing and the Social Housing Leasing Section of my Department.

In progressing this examination, the working group has discussed a number of options to date. When the Group's work is finalised, which is expected in 2022, they will make recommendations to my Department.

It should be recognised that there are considerable challenges in reaching a solution for these legacy units.

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