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The Social Democrats Housing spokesperson, Cian O’Callaghan TD, is calling on the Government to take proactive steps to address the issue of Brexit-related construction cost increases.

Deputy O’Callaghan said:

“We need action on the part of Government to address Brexit-related increases in construction costs. Steel, for example, which is imported via Northern Ireland, is now facing a 25% tariff because of complications caused by Brexit. This will have knock-on effects on the cost of construction.

“The Government must urgently engage with the EU Commission to find a workable solution for this issue.

“Construction costs must be kept as low as possible to ensure that we can build more homes and make housing more affordable. We cannot allow a lack of preparations for Brexit to make the housing crisis worse than it is. That is why I’m calling on the Government to take swift and urgent action to address this issue.”

January 20, 2021

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