Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Ceisteanna (601, 602, 603)

Clare Daly

Ceist:

601. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government if he has made inquiries into the fact that Wicklow County Council paid €3 million to CPO land at Charlesland in view of the fact that nine years later this land has not been registered in its name; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [21428/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Clare Daly

Ceist:

602. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government if he has examined the draw down of €3 million which was paid by Wicklow County Council in a CPO for land at Charlesland in order to confirm the source of the funding; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [21429/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Clare Daly

Ceist:

603. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government if the fact that lands owned by Wicklow County Council have been registered in names (details supplied) without notice of disposal going before Wicklow County Council will be investigated; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [21430/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Housing)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 601 to 603, inclusive, together.

The registration of title to land owned by a local authority is a matter for each individual authority.

The CPO referred to and administration of an associated loan application by my Department were the subject of independent reviews by a Senior Counsel who was commissioned by the then Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government. The reviews found that the relevant legal requirements and administrative requirements or practices were complied with. I understand that the loan of €3m was subsequently drawn down by the Council from the Housing Finance Agency.

Subsequent to the independent reviews, correspondence has been received in relation to a number of complaints regarding certain matters in County Wicklow, including certain issues relating to the lands referred to, which is being considered.