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Covid-19 (Local Government): Statements (27 May 2020)

Richard Boyd Barrett: It is back and forth. I will come back.

Covid-19 (Local Government): Statements (27 May 2020)

John Paul Phelan: I must ask the Minister, Deputy Eoghan Murphy, to respond directly to the Deputy. I have no responsibility on housing. I understand the point being made, and the Deputy mentioned a local authority in another jurisdiction. As I understand it, county and city development plans are another mechanism by which local authorities can set out the criteria under which planning applications should...

Covid-19 (Local Government): Statements (27 May 2020)

John Paul Phelan: My answer is largely the same as the previous one. I will have to get the Minister to respond directly. What I have found from talking to a number of both elected members and officials in local authorities is that the emergency response on housing during the Covid crisis has had a positive impact, by and large. I was struck by the question from Deputy Niall Collins earlier and I ask him,...

Covid-19 (Local Government): Statements (27 May 2020)

Holly Cairns: Before this emergency, towns and villages throughout rural Ireland were suffering the closure of small businesses, post offices and banks, and now the remaining shop owners are terrified that they will never recover from the impact of Covid-19. Rural Ireland and small businesses need a co-ordinated response to survive. Departments, local authorities and businesses need to work together....

Covid-19 (Local Government): Statements (27 May 2020)

Brendan Howlin: The Minister of State is doing well so far.

Covid-19 (Local Government): Statements (27 May 2020)

John Paul Phelan: The projected figure for the monthly rates shortfall is about €84 million or €85 million.

Covid-19 (Local Government): Statements (27 May 2020)

Brendan Howlin: I believe it is €87 million.

Covid-19 (Local Government): Statements (27 May 2020)

John Paul Phelan: Yes. The Deputy mentioned that finance officers expect a goods and services loss of €10 million. That might well be a matter for whoever occupies my chair next. Once we have an analysis of that guesstimate I will be in a better position to answer.

Covid-19 (Local Government): Statements (27 May 2020)

Brendan Howlin: Can I ask for clarity on the principle around that point? The Minister of State says that the Government will meet the rates shortfall in full. If it is rolled over the Government will presumably provide a recurring monthly amount for rates. Is there at least a commitment to give a proportion of the goods and services loss as well?

Covid-19 (Local Government): Statements (27 May 2020)

John Paul Phelan: Yes.

Covid-19 (Local Government): Statements (27 May 2020)

Brendan Howlin: Will that be from the Exchequer and not only by balancing allocations across the country?

Covid-19 (Local Government): Statements (27 May 2020)

John Paul Phelan: Yes. Extra funding from the Exchequer will be needed to meet the goods and services loss.

Covid-19 (Local Government): Statements (27 May 2020)

Brendan Howlin: Does the Minister of State have any idea of what percentage of that €108 million loss, or, say, €10 million per month, might be made good?

Covid-19 (Local Government): Statements (27 May 2020)

John Paul Phelan: Not yet. That will be another Government decision.

Covid-19 (Local Government): Statements (27 May 2020)

Cian O'Callaghan: I would like to share time with Deputy Holly Cairns. I will take six minutes and she will take four. I have two questions for the Minister of State. There will be ample time for him to respond. I want to look at changes in construction output due to Covid-19 and how this will affect the delivery of social housing by local authorities. Private sector construction is projected to decrease...

Covid-19 (Local Government): Statements (27 May 2020)

John Paul Phelan: I will have to ask the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government, Deputy Eoghan Murphy, to respond to the Deputy directly on privately built local authority housing and local authority purchased housing and the figures for this year. This is another situation that is not uniform across the country. I am acutely aware of what Deputy Feighan said earlier. There are still chunks of...

Covid-19 (Local Government): Statements (27 May 2020)

Cian O'Callaghan: I thank the Minister of State. He is correct that it is different in different parts of the country. It is of particular concern that in Dublin the amount of new build social housing units built directly by the local authority is very low. In 2019 only 45 newly built housing units were directly provided by Dublin City Council. About half of those were Priory Hall units that had been...

Covid-19 (Local Government): Statements (27 May 2020)

John Paul Phelan: To answer as briefly as possible, the figures that were calculated following a line-by-line analysis by the CCMA and presented to the local government section in the Department led us to arrive at the figure of €260 million.

Covid-19 (Local Government): Statements (27 May 2020)

Brendan Howlin: It is a guesstimate.

Covid-19 (Local Government): Statements (27 May 2020)

John Paul Phelan: Yes, it is a guesstimate.

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