Construction worker shortage putting housing and infrastructure projects at risk

Construction Industry Federation estimates nearly 120,000 workers needed for projects

CIF director general Tom Parlon said the construction industry has made a significant recovery over the last few years with wages and conditions improving significantly

CIF director general Tom Parlon said the construction industry has made a significant recovery over the last few years with wages and conditions improving significantly

The State will not be able to deliver on ambitious housing and infrastructure targets unless more is done to encourage workers who left Ireland during the recession to return home, the Construction Industry Federation (CIF) has warned.

The body said close to 120,000 construction workers are now required in order to meet targets outlined in the National Planning Framework (NPF). The strategy, which aims to manage an anticipated population growth of one million people over the next 20 years, was launched in February with an accompanying 10-year infrastructural plan.

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