Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage Darragh O’Brien and Minister of State with responsibility for Planning and Local Government Peter Burke have written to the Chief Executive of Mayo County Council to reiterate the Government’s support for local government.

The Ministers sent the joint letter as the second tranche of commercial rates rebates were issued to local authorities across the country. Mayo County Council has so far received €8,627,253 with further payments to issue.

As part of the July Stimulus programme a €600m commercial rates waiver was announced for businesses impacted by COVID-19.

This covered 100% of commercial rates from the end of March to the end of September.

As part of Budget 2021 a further €300m commercial rates waiver was announced to cover rates to the end of the year.

Commenting Minister O’Brien said, “The €900m commercial rates waiver will mean that the local government sector won’t be at a loss or having to make ‘either’ ‘or’ decisions when it comes to providing vital services for people.

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