Local Authority Housing Provision

Question No. 325 answered with Question No. 309.

Ceisteanna (324)

Bernard Durkan


324. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the amount of local authority-owned potential building lands available for local authority affordable housing in the greater Dublin area, with particular reference to those counties adjacent to Dublin; if particular reasons have emerged that may inhibit progress of a major house building campaign to meet the demands of the local authority waiting lists; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [52164/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Housing)

The development of major local authority residential sites in Dublin and the Greater Dublin Area (GDA), where undersupply and the greatest affordability issues are being experienced, is a major priority for the Government.

In the first instance, it is a matter for each local authority and its elected members to agree the optimal approach to development and financing of its land bank, including the viability of sites for development. Notwithstanding this, my Department has been working closely with all local authorities, including local authorities in the GDA, to ensure that new social and affordable homes can be delivered from the public land bank, with particular emphasis on prioritising those sites with the greatest potential to deliver housing at scale, in the short to medium term.

In terms of the strategic development of the State’s residential land bank, all local authority sites have been mapped on the Rebuilding Ireland land map. The map includes details of over 700 local authority and Housing Agency owned sites amounting to some 1,700 hectares including the land owned by local authorities in the Greater Dublin Area and is available at the following link: http://rebuildingireland.ie/news/rebuilding-ireland-land-map/.

All local authorities are being funded to significantly increase their delivery of social housing, as part of the Rebuilding Ireland programme, and a strong social housing construction pipeline is already in place for local authorities and Approved Housing Bodies. A detailed breakdown of the social housing construction programme for all local authorities is set out in the Social Housing Construction Status Report, which is published on a quarterly basis. The report covering the period up to end Quarter 2 of 2019 is available on the Rebuilding Ireland website at the following link: https://rebuildingireland.ie/news/minister-murphy-publishes-social-housing-construction-status-report-for-q2-2019-2/. Further projects will continue to be added to the programme on an ongoing basis.

In terms of affordable housing, a targeted approach is being pursued to support local authorities. Significant housing delivery is to be achieved through the Serviced Site Fund (SSF), where €310 million has been allocated to support the delivery of at least 6,200 affordable homes over the next three years. Following two calls to date for bids under the SSF, I have allocated funding of €127 million, in support of 35 projects in 14 local authority areas, for infrastructure works that will see the delivery of more than 3,200 affordable homes. Of this €127m, over half has been awarded to projects in the Greater Dublin Area which will in turn provide for a potential 2,213 new affordable homes to follow. Many of these sites will include a tenure mix and accommodate further social and private homes. My Department will continue to engage proactively with the local authorities to accelerate the delivery of these projects. A further SSF call for proposals will issue in 2020.

Table: List of projects in the GDA that have received approval in principle under SSF first and second call for proposals.


Project Description

Total Provisional Cost of Proposal - €

Provisional Exchequer Grant Amount - €

Provisional LA Contribution - €

Affordable Housing Potential

Dublin City

Cherry Orchard





Dublin City

Balbutcher, Ballymun





Dublin City

Sillogue, Ballymun





Dublin City

O’Devaney Gardens






Enniskerry Road






Ballyogan Court






St Laurences Park, Stillorgan






Church Fields, Mulhuddart






Dun Emer, Lusk






Hackettstown, Skerries












Ardclough Road, Celbridge





South Dublin Co Co






South Dublin






South Dublin

















Question No. 325 answered with Question No. 309.

National Parks

Ceisteanna (326)

Brendan Griffin


326. Deputy Brendan Griffin asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht her views on a matter relating to the property of a person (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. [51994/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Culture)

My Department is aware of this property and has in the past made enquiries about this property. While it would have been considered desirable, any pursuit of the property had been constrained by resources available as the Department focused upon managing its existing National Park holdings, including the completion of the restoration and refurbishment of Killarney House and Gardens.

My Department’s most recent enquiry in relation to the property in October was to ask if the property was still on the market. I am advised that the Department was unaware that an offer had been made on the property and that the timing of this enquiry by the Department's representative was coincidental. Ultimately, the sale or otherwise of this property is a private commercial transaction for the owner(s) and my Department will not comment further on same. The Department is unaware of an approach by the Office of Public Works.

Departmental Advertising Expenditure

Ceisteanna (327, 328)

Robert Troy


327. Deputy Robert Troy asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the expenses incurred by her Department to date in 2019 for the implementation of ongoing communications strategy initiatives that highlight schemes and programmes operated under the auspices of her Department including advertising and promotion on television, radio, newspapers and online in tabular form; and the level of expenditure for each such initiative.. [52114/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Robert Troy


328. Deputy Robert Troy asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the expenses incurred by her Department to date in 2019 for the commissioning, development, production, promotion and online sharing of a video that highlighted schemes and programmes operated by her Department in tabular form; if such videos have been commissioned for 2020; and if so, the estimated costs of each such video.. [52131/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Culture)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 327 and 328 together.

Communication with the public is of significant importance to the Department given the nature of its work. The mission statement of the Department is to promote, nurture and develop Ireland’s Arts, culture and Heritage; to support and promote the use of the Irish language and to facilitate the development of Gaeltacht and the Islands.

Promoting the work of the Department gives an opportunity to offer a unique window to the richness and variety of our culture and give easy access to information on galleries, museum and events happening locally. It helps give the public knowledge and opportunities to experience our national parks, nature resources and waterways and also builds awareness and knowledge of our natural heritage and biodiversity. It helps raise appreciation of the Irish language and presents the relevance, vitality and value of the language.

The Department's communications strategy encompasses use of media across the wide range of schemes and programmes operated under the auspices of my Department.

The Department's communication presence and its management is undertaken by the Department‘s in-house Communications and Press Office team which comprises 5 staff. Content is also supplied by staff across the Department who are engaged in the day to day work in the Culture, Heritage and Gaeltacht Divisions.

In 2019, costs arose in relation to specific initiatives as outlined below.

-·In relation to Creative Ireland expenditure of €76,506 was incurred in respect of social media posts (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube) which included research, image sourcing and scheduling) to maximise awareness of the Programme, taking into account the diversity of the target audiences. The Creative Ireland Programme undertook a bespoke two month campaign from April to June on regional radio and online to promote participation in and provide support to the over 750 events being organised by the Local Authorities across the country as part of Cruinniú na nÓg on June 15, a day of creativity for children and young people. The cost of this campaign amounted to €92,565.

·- A series of 20 videos and video promos were also commissioned in 2019 at a cost of €101,017 to promote various aspects of the Programme particularly Cruinniú na nÓg, initiatives such as Creative Schools under Pillar 1 ‘Creative Youth’ and innovative projects under the National Creativity Fund across the various platforms outlined above.

No videos are planned in the Department as yet for 2020.

Policy Area


Estimated cost


Peatlands Community Engagement Scheme


(Newspaper Advertisements, announcement of calls for applications for Peatlands Community Engagement Scheme)


Creative Ireland Programme

 Social media Jan-Nov 2019  






Cruinniú na nÓg promotion nationwide



Creative Ireland videos and video promotions


 Culture Ireland


Live streaming of the Culture Ireland Global Ireland 2025 Conference

 € 3,167