The past two weeks have been a very busy period of lobbying as we met with Tánaiste Leo Varadkar, Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe, Minister for Public Expenditure Reform Michael McGrath, and Minister for Housing Darragh O’Brien. Our focus: managing our way out of Covid and restoring competitiveness and growth whilst dealing with the growing challenges of internationalisation, digitalisation and decarbonization.
At our meetings, we pressed for a dramatic increase in public housing construction and associated infrastructure as part of a national strategy to revive Dublin following the impact of Covid-19. We stated that businesses lack confidence in the future development of the city and proposed that a clear long-term strategy be put in place. Our Q2 Business Outlook Survey, published this week, highlights that three quarters of all members viewed “accommodating the city’s growing population with affordable housing” as the most significant threat to future competitiveness.
In our meeting with the Tánaiste, we discussed the pressures on the finances of many SMEs and the need to improve linkages between domestic and foreign owned firms. We restated our Budget proposals for a reduction in CGT for unquoted companies to 20%, Our next round of member focus groups, to which you can sign up below, will inform our next move as we continue to influence Government thinking.
The Tánaiste has advised this week that a new Return to Work Safely Protocol will be launched before the end of July, and with business premises reopening, Dublin Chamber is keeping a close eye on local developments. Earlier this week we met with the Garda Assistant Commissioner for Dublin to highlight business concerns around safety and security, and stressed the need for Garda visibility. Meanwhile, with the commercial rates waiver due to expire in September, we will be calling on local authorities in Dublin to budget sensibly as they make their annual decisions on Local Property Tax.
You can find out more about recent developments below and can check out our recent submissions here. Please share your feedback by contacting email@example.com.
Aebhric Mc Gibney
Director of Public & International Affairs