How government departments’ property portfolios trawl for housing fell far short of expectations – Meczyki Times

Last December, the Department of Housing contacted every other government department and asked them to comb their property portfolios for anything that could be used as a residence as part of the Coalition’s flagship Housing for All plan. can be used.

However, the results fell far short of expectations, with many departments and agencies offering very few properties, or none at all. At a Cabinet meeting in June, ministers were sent back to the drawing board after an initial trawl failed to identify a “significant number” of properties, according to a briefing note given to Cabinet at the time.

But just what was offered to the Department of Housing, and how did it go down?

Department of Agriculture

An official wrote that after a review of its property portfolio, “we have identified two former harbor master houses that are lying vacant”. The houses are located in Killybegs in Co Donegal and Ros an Mhíl, Galway. “They are in poor repair but not abandoned,” the official wrote, adding that the department plans to sell them this year.

Department of Education

Two properties were ultimately identified, some of which are held by Education and Training Boards, but the department also warned that its portfolio was aimed at providing education and “it is highly unlikely that Any of the existing properties suitable for residential use”.

Department of Enterprise

The department owns no assets – officials said IDA Ireland may have holdings “that could potentially be significant” but are also likely to be under consideration for Ukraine’s humanitarian response.

He warned that while the IDA was engaged with the Land Development Agency (LDA), many of its properties were on warehouse or industrial estates and “our understanding is that some of the IDA sites could potentially be used for residential purposes.” Can be done (less than a handful seems)”.

Department of Environment, Climate and Communications

Several large tracts of land controlled by agencies operating under the department are to be transferred to the LDA, including the Cork Docklands, lands in Inchicore and the Digital Hub Development Agency.

Department of Finance

While the department had nothing to offer on its own or on behalf of nearly all of the entities it operates under, the central bank said it was considering selling its Sandyford cash center complex, which Spread over 37 acres in Dublin and zoned for residential development. Discussions with LDA about this site are ongoing.

Department of Foreign Affairs

Evag House told Customs House officials that its offices were provided by the Office of Public Works (OPW) and that “none of our buildings are vacant and cannot be made available for residential development. “.

Department of Further and Higher Education

Despite extensive university and college campuses across the country, only one 12-acre site was identified for potential housing development in Letterkenny IT. However, officials noted the zoning for the area — while under review — was for strategic community opportunities. He also noted that several roadways shown on the site’s master plan “do not yet exist”, and that the lands were landlocked.

Department of Health

The department said that HSELD has listed its vacant properties with the LDA, which it said it should hand over to the LDA if it is not required for health care purposes. will However, while occupation continued on a number of properties, following a further review the HSE reported that “no further properties have been identified as available for accommodation at this stage”.

Department of Justice

The department sent an extensive list of properties it had identified in response to efforts to find housing for Ukrainian refugees. It includes the site of a stalled superprison at Thornton Hall, a traffic court building in Smithfield Square and around 120 “married quarters” – residential buildings traditionally attached to garda stations around the country. However, officials warned that many would not be suitable on security grounds if they still became part of an existing garda station, and many were untenable.

Department of Public Expenditure and Reforms

The OPW, which operates under the Department, has transferred some sites to the LDA and is working with them on further sites identified for future housing development, including in Dundrum. Formerly Central Mental Hospital.

Department of Rural and Community Development

Officials were told that he “does not have any property suitable for residential development”.

Department of Social Security

All its buildings are owned or leased by the OPW apart from its head office, Áras Mhic Dhirmada, which the department said was “not a candidate for sale or occupancy”.

Department of the Taoiseach

In response to the request, the housing department was told that neither it nor the institutions under its auspices own any property.

Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media

Fáilte Ireland flagged the two vacant commercial properties as “not considered residential and not zoned”, adding that “neither is considered habitable in their current condition”.

Údarás na Gaeltachta detailed its extensive property portfolio, outlining how it was subject to certain limitations which meant it could not lend itself to development. Its property portfolio is “critical to job creation” in Gaeltacht areas, it wrote, and it is reviewing its holdings to assess its suitability. Two sites were specifically to be developed at An Spedale in Galway and An Rhynn in Waterford, but Adairs considered a number of factors including the scheme’s verbal impact and that 100 per cent of the houses would be “subject to Meczyki”. -Language condition’ – ie the purchasers will need to be Meczyki speakers in planning situations. It also detailed seven former residential units that had been converted into offices and were now “dilapidated and uninhabitable”.