Construction industry overview: how to build a solid base for the future

Tradespeople such as painters, plasterers and carpenters are essential to our economy – especially the construction industry. We must foster this workforce and encourage them to stay and work here

15th March, 2020
Construction industry overview: how to build a solid base for the future
Ireland is still looking overseas to fill labour shortages in trades, but this is no longer sustainable. Picture: Getty

Of all the challenges the Irish construction industry faces in 2020, rising costs and labour shortages top the bill. These two specific issues need to be tackled head on by all stakeholders – and particularly by any incoming government – if we are to stay on track and stabilise our property market.

The construction industry is the backbone of the Irish economy and the challenges it faces or the failures it suffers will have a multiplier...

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