15/05/2014

Strategy For Construction Sector To Focus On Homes And Jobs

The government has launched its new Strategy for the Construction Sector, which it says will provide homes and create jobs.

Leader of the Labour Party, Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs & Trade Eamon Gilmore launched the strategy saying that in developing the plan, four keys issues were given "particular" attention: that economic recovery has been "largely export-led"; that a "very large number of people who are currently unemployed, previously worked in the construction sector"; that the construction sector is operating "well below capacity"; and finally, while getting the construction industry back to a normal level of activity is about jobs, it is also about homes.

Minister Gilmore said that the challenge was not just to get the construction sector moving, but to develop a sustainable and well-regulated sector, that can be a source of "good and stable" employment in the years ahead, and that can provide a supply of homes for our people.

(MH)

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