Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage Darragh O’Brien has said the clear direction given from Government that construction and development are essential services in level four of the COVID-19 plan will ensure that vital housing projects are progressed.
The Minister said it is important that all local builders and developers in Fingal are aware of the fact that construction is now clearly listed as essential service.
Commenting he said, “While the construction sector closed down at the beginning of the pandemic the industry has adapted swiftly and work practices have changed to ensure social distancing and health measures are taken into account.
“It’s imperative that the health and wellbeing of the approximately 150,000 workers in the sector remains the key priority and it is also important that they know the work they do is essential and can continue.
“I want to see house builds completed, new projects get off the ground and adaptation works take place. It is important that we make up for ground lost to COVID-19 and that we reach the maximum possible output.
“The construction sector is not only a key driver of our economy, both locally here in Fingal and nationally, but it is also vital to addressing our most pressing social problem – our housing shortage,” he concluded.