Seanad debates

Friday, 16 July 2021

Finance (Local Property Tax) (Amendment) Bill 2021: Committee and Remaining Stages

 

9:30 am

Photo of Alice-Mary HigginsAlice-Mary Higgins (Independent)

It is important to say that not everybody feels the confidence in terms of accessing the exemption and that there would be measures. Again, I am noting that the section contains the words "may require", which will be really important. It will be excessive if it is required for a person to provide an engineer's report in every instance. We are going to create a situation where people will have to spend as much or much more to get that exemption.

I have a single point, of which the Minister will be aware, about the legislation I brought forward in terms of quality in public procurement. While this affects individual residential situations at present, similar issues have arisen with regard to public buildings. Taking an approach that does not just look to lowest price but places a much higher emphasis on quality in our public procurement will help us avoid these kinds of situations in the future.

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