Growing payment crisis threatens to cripple building industry and send young workers abroad

‘If you’re owed €50,000, you might get €30,000 – with no reason, no explanation’

'When they don’t pay up on time it puts these businesses at risk – and they have to lay off lads'

Fearghal O'Connor

A culture of non-payment of invoices across the construction sector is intensifying, threatening the viability of subcontractors – and driving younger workers to emigration, industry players have told the Sunday Independent.