The withdrawal of £18 million in European funding for the proposed peace centre at the Maze spells frustration for the construction industry, a senior spokesman has claimed.
John Armstrong, managing director of the Construction Employers Federation (CEF), said the loss of funding for the flagship project was a major disappointment that would have wider consequences.
“Around 30,000 construction jobs have been lost since 2007 and, whilst there are signs that the recession is over, the industry needs Government to get projects on the ground and build confidence,” he said.
“Every project that is stalled or scrapped is costing jobs and hindering economic recovery.
“We have the delay on the A5, the delay on the Community Safety College at Desertcreat, the delays with the two stadiums in Belfast, the funding problems with the Narrow Water bridge and now this. The industry is immensely frustrated.”