TJ Walsh – Director, Townlink Construction

  • TJ has been instrumental in the growth and development of Townlink Construction from humble beginnings to one of the leading construction companies in Ireland. For over 10 years TJ served on the Council of the Master Builders and Contractors Association of the CIF and was President of the Association in 2006.

    TJ is a Chartered Builder and Chartered Surveyor.

    Title: How to build a thriving Construction Sector in a time of tight margins and skills shortage

    Synopsis: Fearghal O’Connor wrote in the Sunday Independent some months ago about the return to ‘rude good health’ of the construction sector. Many contractors like ourselves weathered the storm of the recession by making difficult capacity decisions and managing the risks over the years. We now have the opportunity to develop the high service and innovation standards which the industry should be advancing towards. Instead, the industry is far too distracted by a race to the bottom on tenders, and very onerous contracts which transfer all risk to contractors.

    Contractors need reasonable margins to build excellent projects to standard, to protect and ensure the longevity of the sector, and to engage, retain, and of course in many cases attract home, a highly skilled workforce for a long-term future in the industry.

    We must see the bigger, long-term picture and build our systems to support it.



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