We are delighted to bring you this update on our advocacy agenda and recent policy developments affecting businesses. As the summer season draws to a close, Dublin Chamber is redoubling its lobbying efforts to ensure that the voice of business is heard in the new Dáil term.
The Housing for All plan announced by Minister Darragh O’Brien last week is a welcome sign that the Government is heeding our concerns about the impact of the housing shortage on competitiveness and quality of life in the Greater Dublin Area. Increased funding for affordable housing development and brownfield regeneration, and the commitment to land value sharing to dampen speculation, are particularly notable, but more detail is needed on how the plan will be implemented. That is why this week we released a new paper promoting a range of reforms to the planning system, which you can read more about below.
Businesses across Dublin are now looking forward to the scheduled relaxations of public health restrictions and to a return to the office in the coming months. The Government’s reopening plan promises that attendance at work for specific business requirements may commence on a phased and staggered attendance basis from 20th September. But the way that businesses reopen their premises will have a major impact on work practices, business costs, commuter patterns, urban footfall, and the atmosphere of our capital city.
Considerable uncertainty faces firms looking to develop their plans for a return to the office. We are seeking your feedback through our Q3 Business Reopening Survey in order to inform our lobby with Government on the issue. I encourage you to check your inbox and take 3 minutes to fill it out. Hospitality and retail businesses in the city centre have been amongst the worst hit by Covid, as demand plummeted. On 24th September, we will be holding a focus group on the future of the Dublin city centre economy post-Covid. If you are interested in participating to share your views, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can read more about Covid-19 supports and other policy developments below. As always, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with your feedback or concerns by contacting email@example.com.
Aebhric Mc Gibney
Director of Public & International Affairs