Wednesday, 15 July 2015

Ceisteanna (299)

Ruairí Quinn

Ceist:

299. Deputy Ruairí Quinn asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government the funding provided to Dublin City Council for the refurbishment of empty social housing units, known as voids, in each year from 2011 to 2014 and in 2015 to date; if he will provide a breakdown for each of those years as to the number of those units that were in Dublin 2, 4, 6, and 8, and the general address of each; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [29255/15]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Environment)

Support from my Department to local authorities in recent years to return vacant social houses to productive use has operated as a separate funding stream since 2014. For the years 2011 and 2012, Department support to local authorities for vacant units was accommodated as part of an Energy Efficiency programme and saw Dublin City Council return 379 units to use; however, a breakdown of the locations of these units and specific funding assigned to this work is not available in my Department. There was no funding for vacant units in 2013.

Under the 2014 programme, 467 vacant units were returned to use by Dublin City Council with funding of €6,163,464. The number of addresses identified in Dublin 2, 4, 6 and 8 is as follows –

Area

Dublin 2

Dublin 4

Dublin 6

Dublin 8

Number of Units

56

25

34

63

For 2015, a target of 234 vacant units for return to productive use has been set for Dublin City Council, with a funding allocation of €4,378,150. The implementation of these works and the addresses concerned are matters for Dublin City Council, so my Department does not have information at this point on addresses of units returned so far in 2015. Any funding from my Department is additional to work undertaken from local authorities’ own resources to deal with vacant units.