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For Written Answer on : 06/12/2023
Question Number(s): 92 Question Reference(s): 53960/23
Department: Housing, Local Government and Heritage
Asked by: David Stanton T.D.
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QUESTION


To ask the Minister for Housing; Local Government and Heritage if he has received an application from Cork City Council for stage two funding regarding the redevelopment of Spring Lane, halting site in Cork; when this application was received; when he intends to agree to the funding request; and if he will make a statement on the matter.

REPLY


The Housing (Traveller Accommodation) Act 1998 provides that the role of my Department is to ensure that there are adequate structures and supports in place to assist housing authorities in providing accommodation for Travellers, including a national framework of policy, legislation and funding.

On 4 August 2023, my Department granted Stage 1 approval to Cork City Council for the redevelopment of Spring Lane Halting Site for a budget provision of €12,69m. On 27 September 2023, a Stage 2 application was submitted by the local authority to my Department for approval, including for a revised amount of €20.49m.

My Department is considering the application, having regard to the increased funding sought and the additional information provided by Cork City Council.