The Government’s programme is to focus on projects in the health, education, transport and the justice sectors.
John Power, Director General of Engineers Ireland, said: “There is a clear danger of vital skills being lost to the Irish economy in the absence of major infrastructural projects so this programme is good news. Capital investment is critical if the Government is to stimulate growth and meet its stated job creation objectives.
The Engineers Ireland report, ‘The State of Ireland 2012 – a review of infrastructure in Ireland’, launched earlier this year highlighted weaknesses, particularly in transport, water and waste, so we welcome this announcement. Investment in infrastructure always offers a long-term return and engineers have a key role to play in this respect.”