Focus on construction: Building sector’s natural optimism is put to the test

The sector has found itself in the crosshairs of economic forces that have been unleashed, but whose impact has yet to be finally measured

The construction sector is hugely important in employment terms because of its regional spread. Stock image© Getty Images

Fearghal O’Connor

If demand were the only metric by which a sector was measured, then the building industry might confidently look to a busy and booming future. Almost every day of the week brings a new story that highlights infrastructure gaps and deficits.

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