The government’s new housing plan will create 27,000 new construction jobs, according to the housing minister.

The € 4 billion per year plan is to build an average of 33,000 per year and increase to 40,000 by 2030.

The plan will be funded with € 20 billion through 2026 if it is reviewed.

At the Newstalk breakfast this morning, Housing Secretary Darragh O’Brien admitted that the sector needs to recruit more workers if the plan is to achieve its goals.

Construction Sector Lost 10% Workers During COVID – Darragh O’Brien

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“We need to build capacity in the industry,” he said. “The sector has actually shrunk by around 10% of human resources due to the pandemic – many people in the sector have made their way to continental Europe and the UK.

“Fortunately, some of them are coming back. This plan will create 27,000 new construction jobs. Here in the construction industry there are real opportunities for people to get back in. “


He said the shortage of workers will make it impossible to build 30,000 houses in the early days of the plan.

“Unfortunately for those who say we could build 30,000 or 40,000 houses this year and next, that’s not the case,” he said.

“It is not true that this is possible because we need these human resources, these women and men, to get back into the sector.

“We need additional workers in the industry. We also need our young people who are leaving school to see education and work as a real option for them. “

The plan also includes a commitment to end homelessness by 2030.


Minister O’Brien said the goal was challenging but achievable.

“We have actually made some serious progress in the past 12-14 months,” he said. “The number of children and families homeless has fallen by over 40%.

“Homelessness is still far too high, especially among our singles, but on behalf of the country and the state, I signed the Lisbon Declaration with EU partners, which obliges us to work to eradicate homelessness by 2030.

“I will expand the new leases for those who are really on the sharp end of homelessness. The people who can have health, psychological and addiction problems.

“The previous government took the Housing First approach, which means there is full service when you are at home.

“We’re going to expand this across the county and increase the number of leases, so it’s a challenge, no question about it.”

Here you can listen:

Construction Sector Lost 10% Workers During COVID – Darragh O’Brien

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