Reforms to the Rent Supplement system which have been promised by the Ministers for Social Protection and Housing must be progressed without any further delay, Deputy Tommy Broughan has said.
I welcome the opportunity to participate in this debate. I recall, probably like the Leas-Cheann Comhairle, participating in debate on the Industrial Development Act 1993 which put the three industry support State agencies – Forfás, Forbairt, now known as Enterprise Ireland, and the IDA – on a secure legislative basis. The 1993 Act was enacted in response to growing concern that the existing IDA was placing too much emphasis on attracting and supporting foreign-based multinationals and the fear that indigenous industry and business were not receiving an adequate level of State support. That concern very much existed in the early to mid-1990s and it still exists today.
The transfer of housing units from NAMA for the purposes of social housing provision must be vastly increased, Deputy Tommy Broughan has said. He was speaking in response to information he has received from the Minister for Finance, Michael Noonan, and from Dublin City Council and Fingal County Council.
The Minister for Environment, Community and Local Government, Phil Hogan, has confirmed to Deputy Tommy Broughan in Dáil Éireann that sanction has been granted by his Department to Dublin City Council to commence an external recruitment drive for Dublin Fire Brigade this year.
Deputy Tommy Broughan has given a cautious welcome to a commitment by the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Brendan Howlin, to make Irish Water subject to Freedom of Information legislation in the coming weeks.
Deputy Tommy Broughan has been informed by An Bord Pleanála that it has granted extended permission to Borg Developments to build a larger estate. This followed an appeal by Borg Developments against a decision of Fingal County Council not to extend the existing permission into a larger sized development.
Deputy Tommy Broughan today raised the Maritime Area and Foreshore (Amendment) Bill on the Order of Business in Dáil Éireann. He has urged the government to bring the legislation forward without any further delay to replace very outdated legislation on foreshore licences.
New measures by Dublin Bus in conjunction with An Garda Síochána and community representatives to address anti-social behaviour and incidents of criminal damage have been praised by Deputy Tommy Broughan. The measures were outlined in a recent report Deputy Broughan received from Dublin Bus CEO, Paddy Doherty.
Deputy Tommy Broughan has sharply criticised changes in eligibility criteria for disability housing supports including the disability adaptation grant scheme as effectively restricting the scheme to a very limited number of cases. Deputy Broughan was responding to media reports that the terms of the scheme were recently changed by the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government.
Deputy Tommy Broughan has called on Dublin City Council and the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government to invest adequately in the River Naniken Flood Relief project to prevent a future risk of flooding in some parts of the North Central Area of Dublin City. Deputy Broughan was commenting on a recent report he received from Dublin City Manager, Owen Keegan, about the Flood Relief project for the River Naniken.