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Government failing the Construction Sector – Tóibín

26 November, 2014

Sinn Féin TD Peadar Tóibín has today written to the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation outlining his concern regarding the government’s failure to implement the Construction Contracts Act within the timeframe as set out in the 2014 Action Plan for Jobs. 

The Sinn Fein Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Spokesperson said:

“Over four years have passed since the Construction Contracts Act 2013 began its journey through the Oireachtas.  The sector is still waiting on the provisions of this important piece of legislation to be implemented despite its enactment sixteen months ago. 

“When I raised the Construction Contracts Act in the Dáil Junior Minister Ged Nash confirmed that the Act will not be implemented in full until Spring 2015, and declined to commit to a specific date as the details of the various stages leading up to implementation have yet to be even finalised.

“It is important to note that the Construction Contracts Bill had the support of all political parties in the Dáil as we all recognised the importance of the legislation to the sector, particularly subcontractors. 

“The need to appoint a Chairperson and panel of Adjudicators, and draw up a Code of Practice was understood early into the legislative process, which makes the government’s delay all the more frustrating when they cite these actions as a reason for not meeting their own deadlines. 

“Let’s not forget the government’s Action Plan for Jobs 2014 committed to commence the Construction Contracts Act by the end of this year. The Jobs Plan table of actions stated that the Code of Practice would be agreed by the end of March this year. Yesterday Labour’s Junior Minister confirmed a draft version of the Code of Practice has yet to be even finalised. 

“It is clear the Construction Contracts Act is not a political priority for Fine Gael and Labour, and the construction sector is paying a heavy price for the government’s inaction. 

“I have written to the Minister today asking him to publish a detailed time-frame for the implementation of the Construction Contracts Act setting out a clear timeline so as to give certainty to the sector.” 

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