Question No. 438

To ask the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government if there are plans to include the National Assets Management Agency properties for social housing in County Kildare in order to alleviate the current demand on housing; his policy in relation to using NAMA properties for social housing; and if he will make a statement on the matter. – Anthony Lawlor.

For WRITTEN answer on Tuesday, 23rd October, 2012.

Ref No: 46349/12

REPLY Minister of State at the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government (Ms. J. O’Sullivan)

To date NAMA has identified over 3,800 units to be considered for social housing. Of those that have been examined to date, 449 have been deemed unsuitable by housing authorities and a further 594 have been withdrawn.

2,010 units are being examined by housing authorities as to their suitability for social housing purposes. Of these, 190 are located in Co. Kildare.