The forgotten side of construction.
While much of the media have been acting with glea and the other lot with denial there is a big issue that is being ignored. When ever I go home to my local to have a pint the conversation generally turns to construction. Now this is not a D4 type talk of interiors this conversation generally is about practical matters as most of the guys work in construction. Now I have not been back since the recent downturn in the housing market. But with the many recent redundancies around the country, I wonder will a few people be unemployed next time I am home.
Many places especially small towns where many of the locals work in the construction industry suddenly will have a lot of young males unemployed or in danger of being so. With the natural way the “knowledge economy” works most of the people who decided to go to University are not going to end back in a small town, they are moving to Dublin, Cork etc. Leaving behind the farmers and construction. Farming this year is improving for the first time in a while with various food prices going up ( I think milking has been the big winner but open to correction) but with construction falling large scale unemployment of young males is a very real prospect. So what can be done?