Hardware sector wants to nail down new jobs in Limerick

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Martin Markey (left) CEO with Hardware Association Ireland (HAI) President Sean Moran launching Rebuilding Our Future outside Leinster House in Dublin.Pic Maxwells Dublin
Martin Markey (left) CEO with Hardware Association Ireland (HAI) President Sean Moran launching Rebuilding Our Future outside Leinster House in Dublin.Pic Maxwells Dublin

AN AMBITIOUS plan to create a significant number of jobs in Limerick has been launched by Hardware Association Ireland (HAI).

The ‘Rebuilding Our Future’ strategy aims to kick-start the post-Covid economy in Limerick by encouraging home retrofitting and renovations.

The association says that the plan would be a major boost for local businesses, construction workers and tradespeople, especially in areas outside Dublin. It involves new incentives for making homes more energy efficient and will support existing local businesses and tradespeople by allowing homeowners to claim tax back on home renovation works.

According to HAI chief executive Martin Markey, the plan will help Limerick bounce back from the Covid-19 lockdown.

‘’Rebuilding Our Future has a number of key recommendations that will be good for jobs and the economy in Limerick. We need to get people back to work and create demand for sustainable jobs’” he said.

“Not only will this plan help homeowners save money on renovating and retrofitting their homes, it will support local businesses through this crisis and create sustainable jobs in Limerick for years to come. It will also reduce our carbon emissions.

“In the coming weeks and months we will be engaging strongly with the Government and putting our case to them that the Rebuilding Our Future plan is good for local jobs and local economies across Ireland. It delivers a badly needed shot in the arm for the economy and the construction sector across Ireland’’

The four key pillars of HAI’s plan are:

· Re-introducing the Home Renovation Incentive scheme from 2020-2023 to encourage homeowners and landlords to renovate their properties.

· Encouraging homeowners to retrofit their homes by using the Home Renovation Incentive Scheme model, which has worked in the past.

· Providing incentives for first-time buyers by including second-hand homes in the Help to Buy Incentive Scheme.

· Providing more incentives for training and upskilling employees in the sector and providing support for training in installing and fitting new green technology.

Hardware Association Ireland is the representative body for Irish hardware and DIY retailers, builders’ merchants, distributers and manufacturers. It represents over 400 members nationwide and 26,000 staff in the sector.