Clare Developer Says “No Chance” Government Can Lure Irish Construction Workers Living Abroad Home

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A Clare developer believes a new Government initiative aimed at attracting Irish construction workers home has “no chance” of success.

Higher Education Minister Simon Harris is launching a €750,000 campaign aimed at encouraging Irish construction workers who have emigrated to return home.

Just 63,500 people were working in the sector here in 2022 which was down from 115,500 in 2007, and analysis from Minister Harris’s department suggests 50,000 workers will be needed in the sector in the next decade to keep up with housing demand.


Ciaran Breen of Ciaran Breen Construction says better access to housing and healthcare as well as improved quality of life make living abroad far more appealing to Irish construction workers.

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