Government working to reopen construction on March 5, says Housing Minister –

The Government is working to recommence construction on March 5, Housing Minister Darragh O’Brien has said.

peaking on RTÉ Radio 1’s Today with Claire Byrne, Mr O’Brien said he believes the construction of new homes is essential as each week the sector is closed there is a loss of between 700 and 800 home builds.

Currently, only construction deemed essential, including the provision of social housing, is allowed under Level 5 restrictions.

Mr O’Brien said he believes the construction sector can reopen safely from March 5.

“The reason that the sector was closed was nothing to do with their own work practices it was to reduce the movement of people,” he said.

“They have been able to operate safely and they have shown that. I am more than confident that we will be able to have the sector fully open from the 5th of March.

“We have some small exemptions

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