* Water Prices for Business *
The jury remains out on Irish Water’s plans for commercial water charges. We're expecting a decision from the CRU (Commission for Regulation of Utilities) in the very near future. Dublin Chamber has been fighting hard to prevent any price hikes for Dublin firms. The submission we made to the CRU can be read here.
* Corporate Tax Concerns *
The European Commission has again raised the prospect of undermining Irish sovereignty on corporation tax. A recent Commission document, the Roadmap on Taxation: More Efficient Law Making Procedures, suggests changing the voting system on taxation matters. Dublin Chamber has responded to the Commission's proposal with a submission (available here) and has been raising our concerns to Irish MEPs.
* A Plan for Dublin – Let’s Make it Happen *
The Chamber recently made a submission regarding the draft Metropolitan Area Strategic Plan for Dublin. Our submission is available online here. We've broadly welcomed the plan, but noted serious doubts about whether it will be implemented without the right structures in place.
* U2 Visitor Centre *
Planning permission has been approved for a new U2 Visitor Centre at Hanover Quay. Dublin Chamber made a submission to Dublin City Council last year in support of the planning application. We are delighted to see this project going ahead. You can read our press release here.
* College Green Plaza Trial *
Dublin Chamber's call for a trial pedestrianisation of College Green Plaza has received a warm welcome from Dublin City Council. It is reported that several one day trials will take place during July and August. Dublin Chamber has also welcomed moves by the Council to trial the pedestrianisation of Suffolk Street and also to pedestrianise Lower Liffey Street.
* A Directly Elected Mayor for Dublin? *
Speaking at the Chamber’s AGM Dinner last week, An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar reiterated his promise to hold a Citizens’ Assembly on the question of a directly elected mayor for Dublin. The Chamber has long supported a strong executive for the whole Dublin region, and has suggested a directly elected mayor as one possible model to be examined, so this is a positive step.
* MetroLink *
The National Transport Authority has confirmed to us that the publication of an updated MetroLink proposal is likely to happen in early March. The Chamber remains broadly supportive of the MetroLink plan. For more detail on that, see the full submission we made last year. Also, the NTA has intimated to us that the next version of the BusConnects plan will be published 'next summer'. Our submission on BusConnects is here.
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