The Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage Darragh O’Brien TD and Minister of State for Planning and Local Government Peter Burke TD have announced an extension of the current targeted commercial rates waiver for the first three months of 2022.
As is the case for quarter four 2021, this waiver will specifically target those businesses in the hospitality and entertainment sector who are impacted by continued restrictions.
The total cost of commercial rates waiver arrangements, from March 2020 to date, is now almost €1.5bn.
Commenting Minister O’Brien said, “Throughout this pandemic Government have continued to support businesses, and this latest commercial rates waiver will help businesses most impacted by ongoing restrictions, namely those in the hospitality and entertainment sector.
“So far €1.5bn has been provided by my Department to local authorities so that they can continue to implement rates waivers while maintaining the invaluable services they provide.
Minister Burke added, “Since March 2020 Government have been assisting businesses with a commercial rates waiver and we will do so for a further three months next year. Through this waiver we are supporting all local authorities as they provide key services, such as road maintenance, public lighting, development control and the provision of parks and open spaces, necessary to create the environment in which businesses can prosper.
As Minister for Local Government, I am committed to ensuring our local authorities are supported to carry out their vital frontline work while also assisting those businesses most impacted by the pandemic,” he concluded.