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Action needed to stem loss of jobs from Construction sector

7 April, 2008


Sinn Féin West Belfast MLA Paul Maskey, who is the deputy Chair of the Assembly Enterprise, Trade and Investment Committee, has said that action must be taken to stem the loss of jobs from the construction.

He has called on DETI Minister Nigel Dodds to establish a 'working relationship with all his executive colleagues and key stakeholders from the industry to ensure that any further strategy should be aimed at creating further opportunities and sustaining jobs in this sector'.

Mr Maskey said:

"There is the risk the unless resolute action is taken to stem the tide of job losses in the construction industry that we will be facing a very bleak future with thousands again forced to leave Ireland in search of work elsewhere.

"Nigel Dodds needs to work with both his colleagues on the Executive, for example to look at the current crisis in the housing market and how this is impacting on construction industry job losses and also closely with the industry to not just sustain jobs but to also create further opportunities.

"We have an £18 billion Investment Strategy on the table that needs to engage with the industry to ensure that we have the capacity and skills needed to transform our society and address fundamental issues such as housing and under developed infrastructure, particularly across the border region and to the North West." ENDS

Note to Editors

Motion for Assembly debate

That this Assembly notes with concern the job losses in the construction industry in recent times and calls on the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment to establish a working relationship with all his Executive colleagues and key stakeholders from the industry to ensure that any further strategy should be aimed at creating further opportunities and sustaining jobs in this sector.

Paul Maskey
Barry McElduff
Francie Brolly
Cathal Boylan

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