40 000 Irish construction jobs to go in 2010

Published:  05 February, 2010

DUBLIN: The Society of Chartered Surveyors predicted that 40 000 more jobs will be lost in the property and construction sector throughout 2010.

The number employed in the sector will fall to under 100 000 from a high of 267 000 as recently as 2007.

Ken Cribbin, president of the society said the Government's failure to tackle the unemployment crisis in the sector was 'totally unacceptable'.

"As a matter of urgency the Government needs to tackle this unemployment crisis. That involves real political leadership and engagement and we need it now," Mr Cribbin said.

The society called on the Government to appoint a chief adviser to head a new Construction Industry Consultative Council. This body would be tasked with promoting a sustainable industry over the medium to long-term.

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