On Tuesday 1st August Hardware Association Ireland (HAI) launched their pre-budget submission which contains 24 recommendations to Government. The pre-budget submission aims to highlight the potential of bringing empty homes back to life. Rejuvenating empty homes is an important strand in the overall strategy that the association wishes to present to Government to solve the housing crisis.
Principle amongst these recommendations is encouraging shop owners to look at renovating properties that are in towns and villages across Ireland. Many shops have large and empty rooms above these units that are in urgent need of renovation. Many of these are three or more storeys and with the correct support can be quickly converted into three or more homes in a cost-efficient way.
Amongst the key proposals presented today are:
Commenting on this, Hardware Association Ireland Chief Executive, Martin Markey, said; “The background to these recommendations is to seek to accelerate the marketplace in a cost effective and timely manner. Amongst the key obstacles are the mass skill shortages that exist within the building trade, which is something we are very familiar with and see on a daily basis”.
President Paul Candon went on to say; “Hardware Association Ireland is grateful to the Department of Housing for adopting a number of our measures which have been highlighted in last year’s submission. These were backbone of the Action Plan for Vacant Homes. The Association hopes to continually support the Government with its desire of creating new homes with its innovative concepts which the Association has researched and presented from its wealth of industry professionals.”
Hardware Association Ireland is the representative body for Irish hardware and DIY retailers, builders’ merchants, distributers, and manufacturers. It represents over 400 members nationwide and 26,000 staff in the sector. The association uniquely represents all levels of the supply chain and include within membership ranks national and international companies, multi-branch chains & smaller independent hardware businesses.
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Please note: Martin Markey is available for interview.
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