Written answers

Thursday, 1 April 2021

Department of Housing, Planning, and Local Government

Departmental Policy Functions

Photo of Brendan GriffinBrendan Griffin (Kerry, Fine Gael)
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150. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government the advice he can provide in relation to a matter (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [17933/21]

Photo of Darragh O'BrienDarragh O'Brien (Dublin Fingal, Fianna Fail)
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The Government announced that additional public health restrictions would apply under Level 5 of the Plan for Living with COVID-19 on 6 January 2021. The additional restrictions required all construction activity to cease from 6pm on Friday 8 January, with a number of exceptions. These measures are set out in The Health Act 1947 (Section 31A - Temporary Restrictions) (Covid-19) (No. 10) Regulations 2020 (as amended). The decision on restrictions was taken by the Government following advice from NPHET.

With regard to private housing development, the Regulations provide that housing and construction works ongoing on 8 January could continue where the works required to render the property capable of occupation were scheduled for completion by 31 January 2021. The Regulations also provide for the supply and delivery of essential or emergency maintenance and repair services to businesses and homes (including electrical, gas, oil, plumbing, glazing and roofing services) on an emergency call-out basis. No other private housing construction activity is allowed under the Regulations.

On 30 March, the Government announced that all residential construction can resume from 12 April 2021.


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