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Home Loan Scheme

Dáil Éireann Debate, Wednesday - 20 February 2019

Wednesday, 20 February 2019

Ceisteanna (257, 267)

Bernard Durkan

Ceist:

257. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government when extra funding will be allocated to the various local authorities to ensure the continuation of Rebuilding Ireland home loans; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [8709/19]

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Fiona O'Loughlin

Ceist:

267. Deputy Fiona O'Loughlin asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government when further funding will be allocated for applications for the Rebuilding Ireland home loan; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [8742/19]

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Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Housing)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 257 and 267 together.

The Rebuilding Ireland Home Loan launched on 1 February 2018. Prior to its launch, an initial tranche of €200 million of long-term fixed-rate finance was borrowed by the Housing Finance Agency to provide funds for the scheme to local authorities.

When the Rebuilding Ireland Home Loan was initially being developed it was estimated that the drawdown of loans under the scheme would be approximately €200 million over three years. From the data collated on the scheme to date, the RIHL has proven to be more successful than initially anticipated, as a result of which, the scheme would require a further tranche of funds to be borrowed by the HFA in order to enable its continuation.

My Department is currently in discussions with the Departments of Public Expenditure and Reform and Finance with regard to an extension of the scheme in this regard. When these discussions are concluded I will be in a position to make an announcement on the matter.

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