Construction projects have been put on hold, except for those deemed as essential work, under Covid-19 restrictions that have been implemented by the government.
The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM) has issued a list of works that can be classified as essential during this time.
Construction activities deemed as essential work during this period are as follows:
- Essential health and related projects relevant to the COVID-19 crisis, and supplies necessary for such projects;
- Repair/construction of critical road and utility infrastructure;
- Delivery of emergency services to businesses and homes on an emergency call-out basis in areas such as electrical, plumbing, glazing and roofing.
The DAFM have stated that the criteria listed for general construction also applies to agricultural-related construction projects.
The Department also explained that they cannot adjudicate on individual cases during this time, therefore, “it is a matter for each company/individual to assess whether they are involved in providing essential services”.
The Irish Farmers’ Association (IFA) has stated that work can be carried out when deemed necessary, such as for animal welfare reasons. They have advised what to do if you plan to carry on construction during this time.
“If you believe construction work you are carrying out falls into this category (for example silage slabs needed for this season) you should consult your farm advisor (Teagasc, private planner, co-op, veterinary surgeon) to construct a letter to provide to your construction company stating this.”
An IFA spokesperson then instructed that you should contact the local Gardaí and advise them as to what you are doing.