Tuesday, 8 October 2019
Financial Resolutions - Budget Statement 2020
-----support a new scheme to install communal charging points at apartment blocks and facilitate the roll-out of fast charging points to taxi ranks at transport hubs around the country. In addition, €8 million will be allocated to the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment to maintain grants for individuals purchasing electric cars. These measures represent critical steps to future-proof our transport system.
CULTURE, HERITAGE AND THE GAELTACHT
In the area of culture, I am pleased to be providing additional allocations in 2020 to facilitate our commemorations programme, increased support for artists and culture, increased investment in the Gaeltacht and our language and increased support for biodiversity and the restoration of our peatlands. This builds on the increases in cultural investment of previous years.
Another area where further investment is required is in housing. Following years of underinvestment, the Government has allocated €6.6 billion for the delivery of social housing supports in the past four years. Building on this, I am allocating over €2.5 billion to the housing programme in 2020. This is an unprecedented level of investment that will allow the Government to continue to respond to the significant increase in demand for housing supports while prioritising investment in our social housing programme. In the wider housing market, there has been an 82% increase in new dwelling completions between 2016 and 2018.