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Department must immediately publish Housing reports – Ó Broin

22 November, 2017 - by Eoin Ó Broin TD

Sinn Féin Housing spokesperson Eoin Ó Broin TD has called on Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy to immediately issue twelve reports that are currently sitting in his department unpublished. The information was provided in response to a parliamentary question submitted earlier this month.

Deputy Ó Broin said: 

“The PQ response indicates that the Department of Housing is currently withholding the publication of twelve reports commissioned between 2011 and 2017.

“A number of these reports are quite significant and include a review of the shared ownership scheme which was commissioned in 2013 by former Labour Minister Jan O’ Sullivan. The list of reports also includes the business case review of the Housing Assistance Payment (HAP) and the report comparing construction costs across Europe. 

“The long awaited vacant homes strategy is also on the list. This strategy was first promised under Coveney and we are still waiting for it. 

“No timeline for the publication of these reports was provided in the response issued by the Department. There is no point in the Department commissioning these reports if they have no interest in sharing the findings.

“I have submitted an FOI request requesting access to these reports. However, in the meantime, I am calling on Minister Murphy to publish these reports immediately.” 

Note: Please see PQ response attached

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