Phased reopening of construction is 'own-goal' - CIF

Updated / Tuesday, 30 Mar 2021 20:00

Home building is to resume on 12 April

The Construction Industry Federation has said it is "deeply disappointed" by the Government's new plan for the easing of Covid-19 restrictions.  

It is calling on the Government to reopen the whole construction industry, rather than have a phased reopening.

The body said over 20,000 construction workers will now remain out of work until 4 May and it said the delay in reopening construction sites means these jobs will be put at further risk.

Tom Parlon, Director General of the CIF said today's decision is a "complete own-goal".  

"The industry has shown that it can operate at full capacity with minimal cases on-site.  

"This decision extends the misery of unemployment on 20,000 workers unnecessarily in addition to costing the Exchequer millions.

"Reopening housing is positive and safe but equally so is reopening non-residential," he said.

However, the Irish Home Builders Association has welcomed the announcement from Government that home building is set to return on 12 April.

James Benson, Director IHBA said they are pleased with the decision.

"Our work environment is proven safe and we are pleased the Government has made an evidence-based decision.

"We look forward to getting back to delivering much needed new homes," he said.