Thousands of jobs on hundreds of “shovel-ready” infrastructural projects could be created, if the Government secures agreement on an EU stimulus package, it has been claimed.
The CIF said Metro North along with the M20 Cork to Limerick motorway, Grangegorman DIT Campus, Thornton Hall Prison and other projects could begin construction within weeks, if the funding for growth measures was put in place.
The construction industry umbrella group’s director general Tom Parlon said CIF was aware of projects all over the country that would fit in perfectly with the criteria being discussed for the stimulus package.
“These would be highly labour intensive projects that tie in with Government policy and would provide significant number of jobs for the construction sector which has seen the employment levels plummet in recent years,” he said. “The other benefit is many of these projects already have planning permission in place, so they will not need to go through that lengthy process. If the Government manages to secure the stimulus package these projects could be rolled out within a matter of weeks or over the next few months.”
He pointed out the National Roads Authority had listed 52 suspended road projects that could be moved forward.
“That would not only be a strong boost to employment, but this badly needed infrastructure will help encourage our economic growth and provide a regional spread of activity,” he said. “If this package does come on board we believe it could be a ‘game changer’ for the Irish construction industry and for the whole Irish economy.”
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