“Race against time” for a €2.5bn housing redevelopment project as the schedule has been pushed back
A €2.5bn plan to repair broken Celtic Tiger-era apartment blocks may not come into force during this government’s term, with the timetable for new legislation pushed back until at least the middle of next year.
Housing Minister Darragh O’Brien, who won Cabinet approval for the long-awaited plan in January, indicated in March that he wanted the law to be passed “this year”, but this has now been pushed back.
Responding to a parliamentary question from Sinn Féin housing spokesman Eoin Ó Broin, Mr O’Brien said he now expects a draft law to be introduced in the first half of next year and then “later in 2024” to regulate the statutory scheme of payments will come into force.
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