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We are delighted to bring you this update on Dublin Chamber’s lobbying agenda and recent developments affecting businesses across the Dublin region.

 

The revised National Development Plan 2021-2030, announced earlier this week, saw the Government recommit to major investments in public transport, housing, and other infrastructure. In the past, planned infrastructure projects have repeatedly fallen victim to unexpected economic shocks, with previous Governments choosing to cut the capital budget in times of fiscal constraint. The effects of this historical short-sightedness are evident in Dublin’s infrastructure deficit, and Dublin Chamber has been lobbying hard over the past year to ensure that Covid-19 is not used as an excuse to repeat the pattern.

 

This time, things appear to be different. Dublin Chamber has welcomed the revised NDP for its continued commitment to Metrolink, BusConnects, DART+ and other critical projects despite serious pressure on the public exchequer. However, we have also stressed the need for clearer timelines for delivery, and we will be monitoring this closely in the coming months. Housing and infrastructure remain key concerns for our members, and we look forward to sharing views and expertise with you through our events this season.

 

With Budget 2022 due to be announced next Tuesday 12th October, businesses will be listening closely to the Government’s plans for the future of the EWSS and other Covid-related supports. Dublin Chamber has argued strongly for a phased approach to discontinuation that avoids a damaging cliff edge for impacted businesses. On Friday 15th October at 12pm, we will be holding a focus group on the business impact of Budget 2022, and we look forward to hearing your feedback. To register your interest in participating, please contact carol@dublinchamber.ie.

 

You can find out more below. As always, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with your feedback or concerns by contacting policy@dublinchamber.ie.

 

Regards,

Aebhric Mc Gibney
Director of Public & International Affairs