The Director General of the Construction Industry Federation has said he does not accept that construction should not reopen fully by 8 March and he hopes that common sense will prevail.

Speaking on RTÉ's Morning Ireland, Tom Parlon said construction industry workplaces are "exemplary" and sites are safer than the community.

He said that 40% of construction has remained open throughout the latest lockdown and fewer than 20 cases of Covid-19 have been reported in these settings, which have been closely monitored by the HSE.

Mr Parlon said this proved that construction can operate safely.

He said that there are very strict standard operating procedures in place that give strong directives to workers and added that both workers and employers are being very responsible.

Mr Parlon said that workers who car share follow the same procedures that gardaí who share vehicles operate under.

Although essential construction work has remained open, he said, there are massive negative effects from the site closure because no houses are being built and output is practically at a standstill.

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