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Assembly to demand action on Construction Industry Job Losses

17 April, 2008

Sinn Féin MLA Paul Maskey, who is deputy Chair of the Assembly Enterprise, Trade and Investment scrutiny committee, has said called on all parties to support a Sinn Fein demand for concerted action from the ETI Minister Nigel Dodds and the Executive to devise a strategic response to job losses in the construction industry.

Mr Maskey said:

"There are serious concerns that unless there is a recognition of what is happening in the construction industry at the minute that we will reach a critical point where there is not enough capacity to deliver the Executive's Investment Strategy.

"Unless there is a strategic response to the increasing numbers of job losses in the construction industry we will be facing a future where thousands are 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

Assembly Motion for debate on Monday 21st April

Construction Industry Jobs

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 devise a strategy aimed at creating further opportunities and sustaining jobs in this sector.

[Mr P Maskey]
[Mr F Brolly]
[Mr B McElduff]
[Mr C Boylan]

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