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Dáil Éireann Debate, Thursday - 27 January 2022

Thursday, 27 January 2022

Questions (197)

Thomas Pringle

Question:

197. Deputy Thomas Pringle asked the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage the reason that Dublin City Council cannot CPO a pub (details supplied) which has been lying idle in the heart of Finglas village for a decade, is on the derelict site register and the owner has not paid any of the €28,000 levy owed; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [4033/22]

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Written answers (Question to Housing)

The Derelict Sites Act 1990 imposes a general duty on every owner and occupier of land to take all reasonable steps to ensure that the land does not become, or continue to be, a derelict site. The Act also imposes a duty on local authorities to take all reasonable steps, including the exercise of appropriate statutory powers, to ensure that any land within their functional area does not become, or continue to be, a derelict site. Local authority powers include requiring owners or occupiers to take appropriate measures on derelict sites; acquiring derelict sites by agreement, or compulsorily; and applying a derelict sites levy on derelict sites.

It is a matter for local authorities to determine the most appropriate use of the legislation within their respective functional areas.

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