Tuesday, 5 February 2019

Ceisteanna (663)

Thomas P. Broughan

Ceist:

663. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government if responsibility for housing output statistics will be allocated to the Central Statistics Office in view of differing estimates for housing output in 2018 as occurred over several recent years; his views on the fact that less than 18,000 housing units were completed in 2018; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [5428/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Housing)

The Central Statistics Office began publishing their New Dwelling Completion series in June 2018 following a lengthy collaboration between my Department, the CSO and ESB Networks. Data published by the CSO indicates that there were 17,161 new dwelling completions in the year to end Q3 2018, which is a very significant 33% increase on the level in the year to end Q3 2017. Relevant data can be found on the CSO website at the following link:

https://www.cso.ie/en/statistics/construction/newdwellingcompletions/ .

Since the publication of Rebuilding Ireland in July 2016, annual output, according to this indicator, has almost doubled and significant increases in activity are also evident across a range of other relevant indicators, including planning permissions and commencements.

The CSO is due to publish full year 2018 new dwelling completions data on 7 February 2018.