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Housing Policy

Dáil Éireann Debate, Thursday - 10 February 2022

Thursday, 10 February 2022

Questions (294)

Gerald Nash


294. Deputy Ged Nash asked the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage when the Housing Commission is next due to meet; the number of meetings the Commission plans to have in 2022; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [7310/22]

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Written answers (Question to Housing)

The Programme for Government contained a commitment to establishing a Commission on Housing to examine issues such as tenure, standards, sustainability and quality-of-life issues in the provision of housing. As further set out in Housing for All – A New Housing Plan for Ireland, the Commission will also bring forward proposals on the Referendum on Housing referred to in the Programme for Government.

The Commission on Housing is now established and held its first meeting on 12th January 2022. The Commission consists of 12 Members, including the Chair John O’Connor who was appointed by the Minister in May 2021. The 9 ordinary Members were appointed by the Minister following the campaign seeking expressions of interest in membership of the Commission. A further two international experts were appointed by the Minister.

I understand that the Commission is developing its programme of work over the coming weeks. It should be noted that the Commission on Housing is independent from the Department. The Commission will regularly be publishing information on its website - including agendas and minutes of meetings.