Taoiseach Michael Martin Opens Up About Controversial Concrete Levy, Says ‘The Reasons Are Serious’

The government is behind the controversial concrete block levy announced in the 2023 budget, although details will be refined in the forthcoming finance bill, Taoiseach Michéal Martin confirmed tonight.

Speaking at the OECD Rural Development Conference in Co Cavan, Mr Martin said the decision to introduce the 10 per cent levy on concrete blocks and concrete products from April was taken in November as the government explored ways of funding the Mica Redress Scheme examined what could cost the state coffers up to 4 billion euros.

“The Government felt that the sector needed to contribute to this huge bill, which it is imperative for the taxpayer to foot to ensure people have a home to live in,” he said.

“That’s the context behind it. The details will be fleshed out in the forthcoming finance law,” he said.

He was asked about the mounting backlash from TDs and the construction sector – including claims by the Construction Industry Confederation (CIF) that the levy could add €3,000 to the price of a newly built home.

The Taoiseach said, “The reasons (for the levy) are grave. The sectors must also recognize that good practice must prevail across all sectors.”

However, he said “the precise impact of this is quite small in terms of the potential impact on eventual property prices.”

Meanwhile, Justice Secretary Heather Humphreys, who also attended the conference, said the government is standing by its guns on the issue despite calls from some Fianna Fail and Fine Gael TDS for the levy to be postponed.

“As the Taoiseach said, we agreed on that last November and that was part of the reparations system and it’s something that was agreed upon and as the Taoiseach set out, that’s a decision that the government made and we stand above it.”

https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/politics/taoiseach-michael-martin-stands-over-controversial-concrete-levy-saying-the-reasons-for-it-are-serious-42027306.html Taoiseach Michael Martin Opens Up About Controversial Concrete Levy, Says ‘The Reasons Are Serious’

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