Wednesday, 20 January 2021

Questions (221)

Holly Cairns

Question:

221. Deputy Holly Cairns asked the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage if construction can continue on individual domestic building sites during the current ban on construction (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [2671/21]

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Written answers (Question to Housing)

The Government announced that additional public health restrictions would apply under Level 5 of the Plan for Living with COVID-19 on 6 January 2021. The additional restrictions required all construction activity to cease from 6pm on Friday 8 January, with a number of exceptions. These measures are set out in The Health Act 1947 (Section 31A - Temporary Restrictions) (Covid-19) (No. 10) (Amendment) Regulations 2021.

While my Department is responsible for social housing, with regard to private housing development the Regulations provide that housing and construction works ongoing on 8 January can continue where the works required to render the property capable of occupation are scheduled for completion by 31 January 2021.

The Government will continue to review the arrangements applying to construction as part of the overall Plan for Living with COVID-19.