Written answers

Wednesday, 20 May 2020

Department of Justice and Equality

Covid-19 Pandemic

Photo of Robert TroyRobert Troy (Longford-Westmeath, Fianna Fail)
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446. To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality his plans to adequately deal with businesses that are closed due to Covid-19 and that are unable to keep the terms of their commercial leases; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [6131/20]

Photo of Charles FlanaganCharles Flanagan (Laois-Offaly, Fine Gael)
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The Government has introduced a broad range of measures and supports to respond to the needs of businesses that are experiencing difficulties due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In particular I am strongly supportive of the efforts being made by the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation to assist businesses.

Where commercial rents are concerned, this area of the law is very complex and characterized by a multiplicity of contractual arrangements that reflect the diversity of the landlord and tenant relationship in the commercial sphere. I urge all parties to commercial leases to show forbearance and understanding during this very difficult time.

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