It’s being claimed that the government are circulating old speeches made by a two Donegal Sinn Féin TD’s in an attempt to justify the introduction of the new concrete levy.
The Dáil will debate a motion this evening calling for the new concrete levy to be scrapped.
The measures was introduced last week as part of budget 2023.
The government claim that both Pearse Doherty and fellow Donegal TD Padraig MacLochlainn had previously called for levies to be placed on the industry to fund the mica and pyrite redress schemes.
The Government will oppose Sinn Féin’s motion calling for the concrete levy to be scrapped.
The move was brought in as a 10 per cent charge on concrete products to part fund the mica redress scheme.
However, it will increase the cost of building houses by around 1,600 for a 3 bed semi Detached, per the Department of Finance.
Other estimates into the extra costs are far higher.
Last night Government sources were circulating old Sinn Féin speeches on mica in which the likes of Padraig MacLochlainn, Pearse Doherty and Eoin O’Broin called for an industry levy to fund the mica redress scheme.
The main concern most have with the levy is it will ultimately be passed on to the consumer, meaning home buyers are the ones picking up the tab.