The Forfás report on Ireland's Construction Sector was published in July 2013 and presented an outlook for the sector to 2015, based on known and anticipated demands.
The report included a number of proposed actions aimed at generating more certainty in the domestic market, removing constraints and obstacles, and ensuring that the sector is equipped and capable of delivering innovative solutions in both domestic and overseas markets.
The report provided an important input to the Government's strategy for the Construction sector - Construction 2020 - which was launched in May of this year.
Construction 2020 contains 75 actions for delivery across a number of Government Departments, including the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government, the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform and the Department of Finance, as well as a small number of actions for delivery by my own Department.
These actions cover areas such as increasing housing supply, planning, energy efficiency and sustainability, public infrastructure investment, standards and regulation, financing of projects, competitiveness and internationalisation, and job creation and upskilling. My Department's role in the Strategy is primarily in relation to supporting the capacity-building of indigenous construction companies through Enterprise Ireland, and supporting their expansion into international markets.
The central aim of the Strategy is to triple housing output by 2020, and to add up to 60,000 jobs to the sector over the same period.
The Cabinet Committee on Construction 2020, Housing, Planning and Mortgage Arrears, which is chaired by the Taoiseach, is responsible for monitoring the implementation the actions in Construction 2020.