Irish Construction: Enda Kenny, taoiseach and Eamon Gilmore, tánaiste, this afternoon announced a package of measures to stimulate activity in the construction industry and boost local and European election prospects, just with over a week to polling day on Friday, May 23rd. The taoiseach promised "a world-class, competitive and dynamic sector operating to the highest standards and in line with best practice."
The term "world-class" is the most overused and
laughable bullshit term in the lexicon of Irish politicians and policy makers
when "bog-standard" would often be acceptable if that could be even attained.
Construction Strategy - 14 May 2014 [pdf]
It includes the allocation of €20m to the Pyrite Remediation Scheme and a
€30m gift for the GAA's Páirc Uí Chaoimh Stadium in Cork - - money can always be
found at election time.
Kenny says the strategy addresses many important issues and obstacles for the improvement of the sector and indeed for the country as a whole.
Such issues include:
"One project I'm excited to see progress on is the development of an interlinked, national greenway network and the commitment of €10m to start the Dublin-Athlone-Galway route will help create an internationally recognised tourism attraction," Kenny said and concluded: "The Government has a plan for Ireland, a plan for jobs and stability...We now have a plan for the construction sector. To get it back up off its knees and contribute again to Ireland's recovery.
A sustainable construction sector based on the highest standards of quality is essential to make recovery local and to get Ireland working again."
In the Finfacts report this morning, we provided employment data and housing in the sector for the 199O's and more recently, and the plan says "if adequate resources were available, in the period from 2017 onwards, completions could more than double to between 20,000 and 25,000; or in the region of an additional 15,000 units a year."
However, why would the sector add 60,000 jobs to require 155,000 jobs to build up to 25,000 houses annually coupled with commercial and engineering projects?
SEE: data here.
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