Dáil debates

Thursday, 29 April 2021

Ceisteanna ar Reachtaíocht a Gealladh - Questions on Promised Legislation


1:05 pm

Photo of Leo VaradkarLeo Varadkar (Dublin West, Fine Gael) | Oireachtas source

We will certainly give the matter consideration. I am not sure we can waive the fee for five years but perhaps we can do a bit better than what we have done to date. As a result of the pandemic, many businesses have changed their models. Restaurants are doing dinner boxes and takeaways when they never did so before because they have been allowed to do so. Hospitality businesses are using outdoor space in a way they did not before. That might be a permanent change to their business model. It might create new opportunities for revenue and employment. It should be something that we support and perhaps make permanent. However, they will need Government backing to do that and the Deputy's suggestion is a good one.


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