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

Brendan Howlin: If it is not right, will the Minister of State pony up the balance? That is my question.

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

John Paul Phelan: It is difficult for me to say in advance, as I will not be the one sitting at the Cabinet table, but that is absolutely my intention. The 100% of what was sought by the CCMA is included in the €260 million figure. It is very much my intention that if the guesstimate underestimates the amount of money that we expect businesses that have stayed open to contribute in commercial rates...

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

Brendan Howlin: Is that a commitment?

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

John Paul Phelan: Yes, that is a commitment. I will let the Deputy ask his next question.

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

Brendan Howlin: I want to be clear. Is it the case that the full amount of estimated commercial rates will be met and any shortfall will be calculated at the end and rebated expeditiously to local authorities?

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

John Paul Phelan: That is very much the intention at the moment.

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

Brendan Howlin: That is very helpful. My second question relates to the goods and services income of €1.3 billion. Again, that is €108 million per month or €325 million for three months. It is obvious that this crisis is going to go beyond three months. Again, some services will not be impacted but others will be very significantly impacted. The Minister of State himself instanced...

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

John Paul Phelan: It would be asking them to pay twice.

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

Brendan Howlin: That is the point. That is not going to happen. In fact, I think that will be a permanent reduction. There are others that will also be lost such as planning fees. The situation will very much depend on the local authority. In my local authority, harbour dues, for example, will be lost. Significant portions of the €108 million per month will be lost. So far, in answer to other...

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

John Lahart: Is that Deputy Howlin's final question?

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

Brendan Howlin: No. I will be aiming to get another one in if I can. If the Minister could just say "Yes", I would like an answer now on Friday's decision.

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

John Paul Phelan: Friday's decision is in relation to-----

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

Brendan Howlin: Rates only.

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

John Paul Phelan: Yes, rates only. In his question, Deputy Howlin referred to discussions with finance officers. There is another round of analysis going on with the CCMA and the Department officials on not just establishing the €108 million figure that the Deputy mentioned but the best guesstimate as to how much of a shortfall in that there might be as a result of the Covid crisis. I am not really...

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

John Lahart: Thank you.

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

John Paul Phelan: That is an area where local authorities could usefully change. I want to get the point across about council meetings.

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

John Lahart: Quickly please.

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

John Paul Phelan: Councils set their own standing orders. Many councils were very quick to write to the Department or to me about how they were to hold meetings. It is a matter for themselves. Most have now amended their standing orders to allow for meetings in lecture theatres and so on. All 31 councils now have facilities for their AGMs which fall next month. There is a place for virtual meetings in...

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

Brendan Howlin: I am glad to have the opportunity, even if it is only ten minutes, to deal with the issue of local Government. We are well into this crisis and we have not had any debate about local government until now. As others have said, local authorities have very much been a frontline service. In my county of Wexford and across the country they have been the first port of call for many and the...

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

Francis Noel Duffy: During this crisis, I have taught my children how to cycle on roads and I have happily witnessed other families doing the same. However, the cars are coming back. Has the Department considered the extensive roll-out of temporary cycling infrastructure as has been done in other countries and cities, including Milan? Will this infrastructure be made permanent post the Covid pandemic, to...

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