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Dáil Éireann Debate, Wednesday - 4 May 2022

Wednesday, 4 May 2022

Questions (208, 209)

Johnny Mythen


208. Deputy Johnny Mythen asked the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage the amount allocated and drawn down in each of the years 2018 to 2021 to date in 2022 to Wexford County Council for council property retrofitting works in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [22235/22]

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Johnny Mythen


209. Deputy Johnny Mythen asked the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage the number of council owned units that were retrofitted in County Wexford in each of the years 2018 to 2021 and to date in 2022. [22236/22]

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Written answers (Question to Housing)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 208 and 209 together.

Since 2013, Exchequer funding has been provided through my Department's Energy Efficiency Retrofit Programme (EERP) to support local authorities with the retrofit of local authority owned homes requiring insulation and energy upgrade works. Since the programme commenced in 2013 over 75,000 homes have been retrofitted with a total exchequer spend of €184 million under the scheme.

In response to the Programme for Government commitment, my Department launched a newly revised ten year Energy Efficiency Programme in 2021 for local authority owned housing. This new programme set a BER performance requirement of “B2” or cost optimal level. The upscaling of the works included in the programme sees a substantial overall increase in funding being made available for insulation, windows and doors and heating upgrades, specifically the installation of a Heat Pump and associated works. The installation of gas/oil boilers are no longer supported under the energy efficiency programme funded by my Department.

An annualised breakdown of the funding provided and the number of properties upgraded under the Energy Efficiency Retrofit programme for the years 2013-2021 is available on my Department's website at the following link:

My Department announced earlier this year that funding will be provided for the upgrade of approximately 2,400 social homes this year. Each local authority has been allocated a number of properties and work in this regard is underway but it will be later this year before significant recoupment claims are lodged with my Department. Full details in relation to the 2022 EERP will be available early in 2023.

Question No. 209 answered with Question No. 208.