Saturday 20 January 2018

McCarthy 'unfair' to CIF

Sir -- In last week's Sunday Independent, Colm McCarthy criticised the Construction Industry Federation's (CIF) proposals around the energy retrofitting of buildings on the grounds that they would place a financing requirement on the Exchequer that could not be met in the current environment.

In fact, the CIF proposals set out a number of funding options, based on international experience, which require no upfront or continuing investment from the State.

Furthermore, such work would guarantee substantial and ongoing savings for the State by, amongst other things, reducing energy bills in schools, hospitals and other public buildings.

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