17 July 2020 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Councillors agree on urgent need for house construction but differ on how best to re-energise sector

The members of Monaghan Co Council at their meeting on Monday were agreed on the need to increase the provision of housing in the county, but somewhat divided on the best means of incentivising the construction sector to meet the pressing local and national accommodation need. The merits and drawbacks of introducing a reduction of VAT on various aspects of construction activity were debated at some length.

And Fianna Fáil member Seamus Coyle raised fears of the local authority function in housing provision being curtailed in the future if it did not manage to hold on to the leading role in meeting the demand in this area. Housing projects in the county had resumed following the easing of Covid-19 restrictions, the Co Council’s Director of Services for Housing John Murray stated in the management report before the meeting.

The report noted: “All construction sites closed on March 27 2020 following the Government announcement of Covid-19 restrictions. All housing capital project sites reopened in the week commencing May 18 2020 and have implemented additional Covid-19 health and…

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