Articles posted in 'Housing'

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Alarm over poverty, homelessness

David Cullinane (SF, labour) demanded a debate on poverty (Seanad Eireann, Debates, 16th December 2013, 552-3; 18th December, 749-750, 555; 19th December, 843). Many people had suffered during the past seven austerity budgets and he drew attention to the Economic…

1 Debates: homeless crisis

In the Dail, Mary Lou McDonald (SF, Dublin C) spoke of how the homeless crisis was getting worse (Dail Eireann, Debates, 27th November 2013, 722-730). Walk around here and one will see countless people, many of them young, sleeping rough…

Housing and homelessness crisis

Housing need was raised on several occasions.  In the Seanad, Aideen Hayden (Lab, Taoiseach nominee) described the release of only 397 NAMA homes for social housing as ‘derisory’ (Seanad Eireann, 18th September 2013, 7).  She compared it to the 10,000…

Warning of repossessions

Several deputies warned of the dangers of repossession as a result of new guidelines on insolvency (Dail Eireann, Debates, 26th March 2013, 657-679; 27th March, 122-145). According to Finian McGrath (ind, Dublin NC), there was a huge mortgage arrears crisis…

VAT on defibrillators for charities; property tax for charities

Ciaran Lynch (Lab, Cork SC) raised the issue of charities having to pay VAT on defibrillators to prevent sudden cardiac death (Dail Eireann, Debates, 22nd January 2013, 60-62).  In the 12 months to end last October, 123 people had been…

Review of part V housing

The Minister of State at the Environment, Community and Local Government, Jan O’Sullivan told Dessie Ellis (SF, Dublin NW) that the review of part V of the Planning and Development Act was now under way and was expected to conclude…

Traveller health, housing

The Minister for Health, James Reilly told Finian McGrath (ind, Dublin NC) that the money spent on Traveller health units in 2011 was €10,456,230 (Dail Eireann, Debates, 11th July 2012, 567).  Funding for Traveller health had been reduced in recent…

Rent supplements and homelessness

The Seanad debated the operation of the rent supplement scheme (Seanad Eireann, Debates, 4th July 2012, 564-589 ).  According to Trevor O Clochartaigh (SF, agricultural), 500,000 people were now dependent on the private rented sector, 29% of the population and…

Mortgage arrears

The Seanad discussed the increasing level of mortgage arrears.  In a debate introduced by the Minister for Finance, Michael Noonan, the senate was told that 76,600 accounts were now more than 90 days in arrears, or 10.2% of primary residential…

Traveller housing

The Minister of State at the Department of the Environment, Community & Local Government, Jan O’Sullivan, told Aengus O Snodaigh (SF, Dublin SC) that her department did not hold information on the number of Traveller families accommodated in each local…

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