Over €200,000 allocated in Traveller accommodation for Kilkenny

A total of just over €11m was allocated nationally

Darren Hassett

Reporter:

Darren Hassett

Email:

darren.hassett@kilkennypeople.ie

Kilkenny County Council

Kilkenny County Hall

Kilkenny has been allocated €201,682 for Traveller accommodation in 2018 with zero of the funds drawn down to date. 

Sinn Féin's Eoin Ó Broin asked the Minister for Housing on the Traveller accommodation allocations for each local authority for 2018; and the drawdown to date for each local authority. 

A total of just over €11m was allocated nationally, the figures revealed. 

In a written response, the Minister said: "In accordance with the Housing (Traveller Accommodation) Act 1998, housing authorities have statutory responsibility for the assessment of the accommodation needs of Travellers and the preparation, adoption and implementation of multi-annual Traveller Accommodation Programmes (TAPs) in their areas.

"My Department’s role is to ensure that there are adequate structures and supports in place to assist the authorities in providing such accommodation, including a national framework of policy, legislation and funding.

"The allocations and recoupment profiles for capital Traveller accommodation projects can vary across local authorities given the local priorities, circumstances and project timelines as set out in their Programmes, and generally tend to be weighted towards the second half of the year.

"The allocations for 2018 and drawdown to date for each of the housing authorities is set out as follows.

"A reserve fund is in place which is available to all local authorities on a case by case basis and housing authorities have been requested to seek additional funding, should there be any additional projects they wish to develop."

A full breakdown of the figures is available here