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33 1998

HOUSING (TRAVELLER ACCOMMODATION) ACT, 1998

PART I

Preliminary and General

Short title, collective citation, construction and commencement.

1. —(1) This Act may be cited as the Housing (Traveller Accommodation) Act, 1998.

(2) The Housing Acts, 1966 to 1997, and this Act, other than sections 26 and 27 , may be cited together as the Housing Acts, 1966 to 1998, and shall be construed together as one Act.

(3) The Local Government (Planning and Development) Acts, 1963 to 1998, and sections 26 and 27 , may be cited together as the Local Government (Planning and Development) Acts, 1963 to 1998, and shall be construed together as one Act.

(4) This Act shall come into operation on such day or days as, by order or orders made by the Minister, may be fixed therefor either generally or with reference to any particular purpose or provision and different days may be so fixed for different purposes and different provisions.

Interpretation.

2. —(1) In this Act, except where the context otherwise requires—

accommodation programme” shall be construed in accordance with section 7 ;

the Act of 1963” means the Local Government (Planning and Development) Act, 1963 ;

the Act of 1988” means the Housing Act, 1988 ;

the Act of 1992” means the Housing (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act, 1992 ;

the Act of 1997” means the Housing (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act, 1997 ;

body” includes an organisation, a body established by statute, a body corporate (whether a corporation aggregate or a corporation sole) and an unincorporated body of persons;

functions” includes powers and duties and a reference to the performance of functions includes, as respects powers and duties, a reference to the exercise of powers and the carrying out of duties;

housing authority”, other than in the context of a relevant housing authority, has the meaning assigned to it by section 1 (1) of the Act of 1992;

local consultative committee” means a committee appointed under section 21 ;

manager” means—

(a) as respects the corporation of a county borough, the manager for the purpose of the Acts relating to the management of the county borough, and

(b) as respects the council of a county, the corporation of a borough or an urban district council, the manager for the purposes of the County Management Acts, 1940 to 1994;

the Minister” means the Minister for the Environment and Local Government;

National Consultative Committee” means the National Traveller Accommodation Consultative Committee appointed under section 19 ;

relevant housing authority” has the meaning assigned to it by section 5 ;

site” means—

(a) a site to which section 13 of the Act of 1988 (as amended by this Act) applies,

(b) a site provided or managed under section 6 of the Act of 1992, or

(c) any other site for caravans for travellers provided or managed with or without the assistance of a housing authority;

traveller” means a person to whom section 13 of the Act of 1988 (as amended by this Act) applies.

(2) In this Act a reference to a section or a Part is a reference to a section or a Part of this Act unless it is indicated that reference to some other enactment is intended.

(3) In this Act a reference to a subsection or a paragraph is a reference to the subsection or the paragraph of the provision in which the reference occurs unless it is indicated that reference to some other provision is intended.

(4) A reference in this Act to an enactment shall be construed as a reference to that enactment as amended, adapted or extended by or under any subsequent enactment (including this Act).

Expenses.

3. —Any expenses incurred by the Minister in the administration of this Act shall, to such extent as may be approved of by the Minister for Finance, be paid out of moneys provided by the Oireachtas.

Directions.

4. —The Minister may by direction amend or revoke a direction given by the Minister under this Act (including a direction under this section).