Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Questions (281)

Micheál Martin

Question:

281. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform his role in preparing the report on productivity in the construction sector; the parties involved; the reason for same; if it involves a three-tier consultation process; when it will be completed; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [31838/19]

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Written answers (Question to Public)

Since the launch of Project Ireland 2040, public infrastructure investment has been prioritised and is estimated to grow to €7.3bn in 2019. Employment levels within the industry have been on an upward trend and output is improving.

However, the BUILD report published by the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform shows that productivity in the Irish construction sector is lower than the European average and highlights the potential opportunities from increasing technology adoption and learning from best international practice. This can ensure a more sustainable sector and drive value for money.

That is why my Department is working to identify and assess actions which are relevant to the construction industry in Ireland and set out clearly defined and implementable actions for both the industry and for policy makers.

In addition to a wider phase of desk-based research, the industry consultation process comprises a number of elements including an online survey, a call for submissions, interviews and small focus group sessions, and workshops. The process is due to be completed later in 2019.