Video: Cabinet discuss energy credit; SF calls for concrete levy to be scrapped

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Energy credits

The Cabinet is discussing how and when the first of three energy credits for households will be rolled out, in addition to how pre-pay customers can be protected from being disconnected.

The energy credits, each of which will be worth €200, were announced as part of last week's budget, however logistical details are yet to be decided.


Concrete levy

Sinn Féin will bring a motion before the Dáil on Tuesday evening calling for the new concrete levy to be scrapped.

The measure was announced as part of Budget 2023 and aims to raise funds for the Mica Redress Scheme.

However, Sinn Féin argue the charge will be passed on to property buyers, rather than the construction industry, adding thousands to the price of new homes.

Housing plans

The National Planning Framework, which sets out the State's residential housing targets and guidelines for the 20-year period to 2040, is "fundamentally flawed" and "will only exacerbate the housing crisis" if left unchanged, according to Savills Ireland.


The criticism follows a study by the property advisors examining residential land supply in the country.

Describing the housing market as "already fraught with challenges and problems", the Savills report identifies issues flowing from the National Planning Framework (NPF), relating to land zoning, population projections, unit delivery timelines and site development rules.

Gilligan trial

The trial of convicted drug dealer John Gilligan is due to begin in Spain today, where the Dubliner faces charges relating to the discovery of drugs and firearms to which Spanish authorities believe he is linked.

Gilligan (70) previously served 17 years of a 20-year sentence for drug trafficking offences.

If convicted, he faces eight years in prison.

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