EU Green Funding Could Unlock Jobs, Claims MEP

Sitting MEP Bairbre de Brún (pictured) has claimed the Northern Ireland Executive could exploit EU funding better, in order to support the local construction industry.

Ms de Brún, speaking at a Fermanagh Employment Conference, said the devolved government at Stormont could use EU funds to part-finance a programme of energy efficiency renovations.

She also said the Executive should ensure that infrastructure projects were accessible to local building firms.
News Image
"The construction industry can benefit from the infrastructure projects to be brought forward by the Executive in the coming months and could also benefit from investment in energy efficiency," said the Sinn Féin MEP

"Executive departments can front load infrastructure projects and also ensure that government procurement procedures allow local companies to compete."

Ms de Brún also highlighted the potential of the green economy.

"I believe that the Executive could, following recent decisions in Europe, use EU funds to part-finance a programme of energy efficiency renovations that would provide a boon to our construction industry, saving jobs and creating jobs."


Related Northern Ireland News Stories
Click here for the latest headlines.

18 March 2020
Other News In Brief
North West 200 Postponed Organisers of the North West 200 have announced the postponement of this year's race week. The event, scheduled for the week beginning 10 May, has been pushed back amid concerns and restrictions around the current public health situation.
18 March 2020
Latest Coronavirus Figures Emerge
A further six coronavirus cases have been confirmed in Northern Ireland as the first and deputy First Ministers call for a "whole of society" approach. Arlene Foster and Michelle O'Neill say measures to support and protect the general public will only be effective if everyone follows health advice. The new cases bring totals to 68.
13 March 2020
RHI Report To Be Unveiled At Stormont
A report into the botched energy scheme that brought down Stormont's power-sharing Executive in 2017 is due to be published today. The findings of Sir Patrick Coghlin's Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) inquiry will be outlined at Stormont.
20 November 2002
NI homes save £82m due to energy efficiency
Warmer homes, lower bills and a healthier environment have resulted from a focus on Home Energy Efficiency in Northern Ireland.
29 July 2009
Push Energy Improvements, Says MEP
Northern Ireland MEP Bairbre de Brún has called on the Stormont Executive to set energy efficiency measures among its top priorities, as the new Swedish EU Presidency moves the issue up the political agenda.