I know there is a sticky anecdote thread laready, but I would be most interested to construction activity anecdotes. Here are mine:
Irish Nationwide development on the corner of the N11 and Booterstown Road
Present state is a concrete skelton and loads of scaffolding. I have seen no indication that there has been anyone on site for the last month or two.
Some activity, but appears on massive go slow.
An ambitious estate for the town, price range ~330k to ~750k. Executive living, etc, etc. Been to see the show houses on two occassions and was surprised by the lack of progrees, between the two visits. Only about 4 houses completed. Others in variuos states of build. Last friday (7th sept) the electricians and carpenters (one of whom I know personally), were given notice and as I understand it building activity has stopped.
I’m an architect/Builder. Last year would typically get one or two enquiries to design or build houses. This year one or two calls a month. Spent boom years focusing on building reputation for quality design and build, knowing that should keep us going when things quieten down.
Three of my Polish people have moved back to Poland. Their reason for leaving being that they did not feel future was secure. I am now fearful the others will leave after they return from their hols. in Poland.
As a previous posters said, many East Europeans came here to make soem money over 3 to 5 years. They have saved and now the future looks shaky - why stick around this winter.
"Irish Nationwide development on the corner of the N11 and Booterstown Road
Present state is a concrete skelton and loads of scaffolding. I have seen no indication that there has been anyone on site for the last month or two. "
That place seems dead to me, too.
I wonder if the workers are all working on one site, they finish it off, developer sells it while the workers are off to complete the unfinished projects.
Yep, the tide is turning fast.
Was talking to a Latvian worker yesterday that has particularly good english and his assessment at this stage is that this country sucks.Big deal,wages here might be better than back home but living expenses here are astronomical with everything from rent to car insurance costing up to 4 times the rate in Latvia.He said he has bought a house back home and has now landed a good job there also so is going home at the end of the week.A lot of his friends are in the same position and are heading back home as conditions there are improving rapidly.
He said he had to go into casualty recently and was horrified at the service and the delays getting treatment and said the health service here is a complete joke compared to back home.To cap it all the weather here was a disaster as well.
Hang on there a minute! This cannot be true Don’t these people know we are the Celtic Tiger? Are we not one of the richest countries in the world? Do these foreigners not see that we live on an special Island that has rewritten the economics rulebook. How dare they slate our wonderland. Somone better tell bertie.
Sorry about that TUG, I think it was the shock that these damn foreigners feel this country is a kip shocked me to my core resulting in me being a cowereing shambles unable even to do a simple thing like posting. “I need coffee! Back in a minute caffiened and alert”
Development of 80 houses in Westport. Only 8 sold. Not much activity onsite. Developer is apparently paying builders with (unfinished?) houses.
I know of one massive development for the town thats been put on hold. They had to build a new bridge over an old railwayline to gain access to the site… thats all thats there. A big bridge leading into a massive field with a few cattle buzzing around the place. All fenced off now.
There are two other big developments happening. I havent been arsed looking into how they are doing but i might try and suss it out.