The hidden infrastructure constraints to the Irish economy

Cliff Taylor’s opinion piece in the Irish Times over the weekend is interesting.

He refers to two hidden infrastructure constraints which pose, and continue to pose, a problem for the growth of the Irish economy over the next few decades. These barriers to growth are the availability of power and water in sufficient quantities in the right locations to accommodate demands of job providing multinationals.

These shortages and the fact that this infrastructure is deficient, and the population growth of the country has outstripped projections could cause significant problems from the perspective of economic growth and job creation.

But they are not issues that have generated much, or any, attention by comparison with the loud clamour of protest about shortage of hospital and housing infrastructure.

Nonetheless, they are critical to the growth of our economy and country as jobs are the key and lifeblood to the generation of resources to take care of all our people.