Tuesday, 29 June 2021

Ceisteanna (264)

Holly Cairns

Ceist:

264. Deputy Holly Cairns asked the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage the way his Department and public bodies and agencies under his remit fulfil their obligations under section 42 of the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission Act 2014; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [34857/21]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Housing)

All public bodies in Ireland have responsibility, under the Irish Human Rights and Equality Act 2014 to eliminate discrimination, promote equality of opportunity, and protect the human rights of their employees, customers, service users and everyone affected by their policies and plans.

In 2017, my Department's Statement of Strategy, in accordance with section 42 of the Act, first identified the business areas most pertinent to equality and human rights considerations. The areas identified included the provision of housing for people with disabilities and the provision of housing for Travellers.

In April of this year my Department published its most recent Statement of Strategy and building on previous commitments has outlined further areas to which equality considerations apply including accessibility and universal design; accessibility for elections; and the accommodation needs of older people. The Statement also outlines the plans and policies to address these areas and is available at:

www.gov.ie/en/publication/9a047-statement-of-strategy-2021-2025/.

My Department is committed to ensuring that there is a culture of respect for human rights and equality matters. It participates in a number of inter-Departmental implementation groups and has actions or made commitments under national policies and strategies such as the National Disability Inclusion Strategy 2017-2021; the National Traveller and Roma Integration Strategy 2017-2021; and the National LGBTI+ Inclusion Strategy 2019-2021.

My Department does not maintain the requested information in respect of the State bodies under its aegis. These bodies may be contacted directly by e-mail by members of the Oireachtas, as set out in the attached table.

State Body

Contact E-mail Address

An Bord Pleanála

oireachtasqueries@pleanala.ie

An Fóram Uisce (the Water Forum)

info@nationalwaterforum.ie

Approved Housing Bodies Regulatory Authority

oireachtasqueries@ahbregulator.ie

Docklands Oversight and Consultative Forum

infodocklands@dublincity.ie

Ervia

oireachtas@ervia.ie

Gas Networks Ireland

oireachtas@ervia.ie

Heritage Council

oireachtas@heritagecouncil.ie

Housing Finance Agency

oireachtas.enquiries@hfa.ie

Housing and Sustainable Communities Agency

publicreps@housingagency.ie

Irish Water

oireachtasmembers@water.ie

Land Development Agency

oireachtas@lda.ie

Local Government Management Agency

corporate@lgma.ie

National Oversight and Audit Commission

info@noac.ie

National Traveller Accommodation Consultative Committee

ntacc@housing.gov.ie

Office of the Planning Regulator

oireachtas@opr.ie

Ordnance Survey Ireland

Oireachtas@osi.ie

Property Registration Authority

reps@prai.ie

Pyrite Resolution Board

oireachtasinfo@pyriteboard.ie

Residential Tenancies Board

OireachtasMembersQueries@rtb.ie

Valuation Office

oireachtas.enquiries@VALOFF.ie

Valuation Tribunal

info@valuationtribunal.ie

Water Advisory Body

info@wab.gov.ie

Waterways Ireland

ceoffice@waterwaysireland.org