Tom Parlon, director general of the Construction Industry Federation (CIF), has today outlined the five key reasons why the construction industry should give its full support to the Lisbon Treaty.
The reasons outlined by the CIF are: increase inward investment into Ireland, provide stability amidst international economic uncertainty, continued development of the Single Market, continue the positive impact on job creation in Ireland, and improved transport and energy infrastructure.
"Membership of the EU has been good for Ireland and good for Ireland’s construction industry," says Parlon. "As the largest sector of the Irish economy, the construction industry wants to see political and economic stability in Europe, to ensure that as an economy, Ireland is best placed to weather the international storm."
"There are serious challenges ahead for our economy and our industry and we need to send a strong signal to international investors that Ireland is open for business.
"A negative vote would do nothing to protect the jobs of over 270,000 people who work in the construction industry."