Sligo councillor warns new concrete levy represents bad news for north west

A Sligo Councillor is warning that the new concrete levy will add significant costs to the construction of houses and will have a detrimental impact on the supply of housing locally.


Councillor Paul Taylor says the new levy will be passed on by the providers of concrete directly on to the customer and when this cost is added to other increases it will result in concrete products increasing by 50% between the start of 2022 and April 2023.


It will mean an extra cost of at least €3,000 to build a typical home in Ireland.


A levy of 10% will be introduced on concrete blocks, pouring concrete and other concrete products to offset the significant cost of the mica redress scheme.


An estimated 5,000 homes in Co Donegal are affected, with thousands more understood to have faulty blocks in counties including Sligo.


The Ballymote Tubbercurry councillor and building contractor says more thought needs to go into the levy.