Emmet Oliver: Ireland must rediscover art of making things the world wants
Published 11/05/2011 | 05:00
While the word construction only appears three times in Finance Minister Michael Noonan's jobs speech, it is this industry that is likely to be the determining factor in whether the package of measures actually works or not.
With almost 440,000 now signing on the live register, the Government is desperate to see alternatives to construction (and manufacturing) expanding and taking up the slack.
This is understandable and in some ways sensible. But the figures that lie beneath the live register underline the terrifying scale of the problem for the Government.