Feature Article
Welcome to the New 'Better Dublin Bulletin'
 

Welcome to the first edition of the Chamber's bi-monthly 'Better Dublin Bulletin'.

 

In this issue we give you an overview of the main areas we're currently lobbying on - on your behalf. As always, we welcome feedback on any issue that is currently facing your business.

 

Drop us a line at any time via policy@dublinchamber.ie or join the conversation online by using the hashtag #BetterDublin.


A Plan for the Dublin Region - Help to Shape It
Consultation Opens re Draft MASP Plan
 

In the past few days, the long-awaited draft Metropolitan Area Strategic Plan (MASP) was published for Dublin and its suburbs. Published by the Eastern Midlands Regional Assembly, the MASP plan outlines how the Dublin region will grow and evolve between now and 2031, covering topics such as expected population growth, where (and how many) houses are going to be built, the kind of infrastructure that is going to be built to support the growing region and also what changes will be made to the transport network.

 

Dublin Chamber has long called for an integrated plan which will ensure joined-up thinking between land use, transport, and housing in the Dublin Area. Dublin Chamber will be making its views known on the draft plan before the submissions deadline of 23rd January. We would welcome any feedback you have on the plan before Christmas. Feedback to policy@dublinchamber.ie.


Madigan & Howlin Address Members... & More to Come

 

The Chamber's ever-popular Political Leaders Series continued apace during the early Autumn, with Josepha Madigan, Minister for Culture, Heritage & the Gaeltacht, and Labour Leader Brendan Howlin both speaking to members about their intentions for Dublin and their plans for their respective portfolios. Next up is Eamon Ryan, Leader of the Green Party, who will address members tomorrow morning (15th November) here in the Chamber. Registration is essential, but a few spaces still remain. To book, email carol@dublinchamber.ie.


Update on Recent Chamber Submissions
 

* Water Prices for Business *

The jury is still out on Irish Water’s plans for commercial water charges. The CRU (Commission for Regulation of Utilities) have told us that a decision will be published in "Q1 2019". 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.

 

* Pension Changes *

The Government is considering changes to the pensions system, including how they are treated from a tax point of view and the introduction of auto-enrolment. The Chamber is arguing for existing tax reliefs to be maintained and for the new system to be fair to business. Our submission on auto-enrolment can be read here and our view on tax reliefs is here.We're awaiting an update from the Department on next steps.

 

* Skills Visas *

Dublin Chamber is seeking to make it easier for the spouses and partners of skilled workers to get a full work permit to help make it easier for firms to get key staff to relocate to Ireland. The Chamber made a submission to the Department on this issue, which can be read here.

 

* Building Heights *

In late September, Dublin Chamber made a submission to the Department of Housing, Planning & Local Government offering broad support to proposed draft Guidelines on Urban Development and Building Height. The implementation of these guidelines would support Dublin Chamber’s policy priority of increasing density and getting more people to live in the existing footprint of Dublin. The Department is due to publish final proposals soon. The full submission is here.

 

* Transport *

The National Transport Authority has confirmed to us that the publication of an updated MetroLink proposal has been delayed. We are now expecting to see a new draft in early 2019. The Chamber remains broadly supportive of the MetroLink plan. For more detail on that, see the full submission we made earlier this 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.

 

If any of these issues are impacting on your business, please contact us via policy@dublinchamber.ie.


Budget 2019 - The Chamber's View
 

Dublin Chamber’s Budget campaign this year put the risks of Brexit front and centre. We focused on three key priorities:

  • Investing in Ireland’s Infrastructure
  • Growing Ireland’s Businesses
  • Investing in Ireland’s Human Capital

Recommendations in our submission included increased infrastructure funding, improvements to Irish tax competitiveness, and support for affordable childcare to boost female workforce participation.

 

The Chamber welcomed many of the features of Budget 2019 as being consistent with our recommendations, but also expressed concern that the Government has not shown more ambition for indigenous enterprise and the Irish SME sector. You can read an assessment of Budget 2019 from a Chamber perspective here.


Destination 100: Support the Call for Safer Cycling in Dublin
 

We're delighted to announce that 80 companies have now joined Dublin Chamber's call for the Government to increase the amount of money it is investing in cycling infrastructure in Dublin. Now, we have our sights set on hitting the 100 mark! The number of people cycling in Dublin is growing all the time, but biking around many parts of the city remains too unsafe. If you have staff or colleagues who cycle to/from work, why doesn't your company join the call? You can view a list of companies that have already signed up and full details of the initiative on the CyclingWorks Dublin website. To sign up, drop and email to graeme@dublinchamber.ie.


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What Dubliners Want...

More than 300 people recently responded to a question we posted on Twitter about the little changes they would make in Dublin to make their life better. We pulled together the responses and turned them into the graphic below. The bigger the text, the more times the issue came up. What changes would you like? Tell us on Twitter via @DubCham and use the #BetterDublin hashtag.