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Lack of State spending could lead to longer recession

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Lack of State spending could lead to longer recession

Lack of State spending could lead to longer recession
June 15
09:00 2017

Speaking at this year’s National Construction Summit, Construction Industry Federation director, Tom Parlon said a lack of State spending on infrastructure could make a prolonged recession more likely in the future.

He also warned that a decade of under-investment in vital projects such as roads, schools and hospitals is about to hit home at a time when the population has increased by 30% and the economy is the fastest growing in Europe. “I am here with a clear warning today, the historic lack of investment in infrastructure is making a prolonged recession in our future more likely,” he said.

He said the Republic comes last in the EU 28 when it comes to the proportion of its wealth that it spends on infrastructure. He noted that since the last recession began 10 years ago, successive governments have allowed spending in this area to fall below 2% of gross domestic product, that is, the wealth generated by the Republic’s economy.

Mr Parlon also said that the Government could not afford to wait until next year, when it may have more scope for spending if State hits its growth targets. “The EU must be convinced of Ireland’s case to enable increased investment by our politicians,” he said. Mr Parlon added that it would be “tremendous legacy” for the new Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, if could convince the EU to relax its rules.

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