Wednesday 21 February 2018

Howlin announces €150m construction stimulus plan

Public Expenditure Minister Brendan Howlin
Public Expenditure Minister Brendan Howlin

Michael Brennan Deputy Political Editor

The Government is going to spend €150m on new schools, local roads and the upgrade of council houses this summer.

Public Expenditure Minister Brendan Howlin said that up to 3,000 jobs would be supported by the projects that were being announced.

"It is absolutely vital for our long-term well being and prosperity that children have proper school buildings in which they can learn, that our roads are safe and well maintained, and that local authority housing is as energy efficient as possible," he said.

Mr Howlin said the funding would come on top of the €3.4bn already in the capital spending budget.

Junior Minister for Housing Jan O'Sullivan said that the new funding would allow for 25,000 council houses to get an energy efficiency upgrade. She said it would lead to an annual energy  bill saving of €400 per year for some of the poorest families in the country.

"We're ready to go. We will be able to start this summer," she said.

And there will be an extra €50m to repair 500km of local and regional roads this year.

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