Written answers

Tuesday, 16 June 2020

Department of Housing, Planning, and Local Government

Covid-19 Pandemic

Ruairi Ó Murchú (Louth, Sinn Fein)
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1084. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government if he will consider introducing temporary casual trading by-law measures in order to allow businesses that require mobile trading space due to social distancing measures to quickly get additional casual trading spaces in local authority areas; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [11521/20]

Photo of Eoghan MurphyEoghan Murphy (Dublin Bay South, Fine Gael)
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The making of bye-laws in relation to the administration of casual trading is a reserved function of local authorities under section 6 of the Casual Trading Act 1995. I have no function in this matter as the development and implementation of policy relating to all areas of the retail sector is a matter for my colleague, the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation.

For my part, as Minister with overall responsibility for local government, I have asked local authorities, through my officials, to support businesses to operate effectively under the Covid-19 restrictions. 

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