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Jobs Minister dragging his heels on implementing the Construction Contracts Act - Tóibín

20 January, 2015

Sinn Féin TD Peadar Tóibín has today accused the government of dragging its heels on implementing the Construction Contracts Act, describing the delay in implementing its provisions as yet an another example of Minister’s disinterest in the challenges facing the construction sector. 

The Sinn Fein Jobs Spokesperson said:

“Over four years have passed since the Construction Contracts Bill began its journey through the Dáil and Seanad and despite enacting the legislation in 2013 the Jobs Minister has said that he is unable to definitively state when the panel of adjudicators will be appointed, or advertisements will even be placed for these positions. 

“Introduction of the Construction Contracts legislation was supported by all political parties, and the need to appoint a Chairperson and panel of Adjudicators, as well as draw up a Code of Practice was understood from the early stages, which makes the delay all the more frustrating for the sector.  

“Fine Gael and Labours Action Plan for Jobs 2014 committed to agreeing to the Code of Practice by the end of March 2014 and commencement of the legislation by the end of last year. Neither deadline has been met. 

“There are a number of serious challenges currently facing the construction sector, and government’s failure to implement the Construction Contracts Act is yet another example of Minister’s disinterest in the sector.”

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