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This week's vital property news: Irish builders facing 'unrealistic' pay demands

Plus Master Of None’s Aziz Ansari whips us up a smoothie in his LA pad.

File photo: Housing and Construction industry. Source: Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland

Big Movers

Irish builders facing ‘unrealistic’ pay demands from workers

Scarcity of staff and unrealistic pay expectations are the two main issues Irish builders say they face when recruiting for skilled workers, according to a new industry survey.

House-hunting one of the biggest struggles for returning emigrants

Coming home to Ireland after a stint abroad comes with its fair share of teething problems, as the results of a new returning emigrant survey show. House-hunting, job-hunting and reintegration to Irish culture were just some of the issues the respondents mentioned.

Government faces trouble if it doesn’t take action on contaminated drinking water

Hundreds of thousands of Irish homes rely on water supplies contaminated with toxic compounds, and the problem has now gained the attention of the EU Commission. Housing Minister Simon Coveney has warned that the government could face legal proceedings.

JOHN MURPHY KILLING CRIME SCENES VIOLENCE IN IRELAND CARS Source: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland

Under Construction

Blanchardstown Centre applies for a €15m extension

A 60,000 sq ft development could be in the works at Blanchardstown Centre. If planning is granted, the extension will create several additional retail units and could allow for 150 extra full-time jobs.

Construction on three new garda stations is set to be completed this year

Three of the eight new garda stations planned for 2021 are set to be completed this year, but construction has yet to begin on the other five. Since 2011, 139 garda stations have been closed across the country.

Wicklow waste-dumping plans stalled by 75-year-old diver

Moves to fill a disused flooded quarry with waste have been slowed down by a 75-year-old diver who says a “scenic lake” has formed as a result of the floodwater. The waste-dumping is part of a decade-long project by Roadstone Ltd.

Des Res

On Monday night he was suited and booted on the Met Gala red carpet, but when Aziz Ansari isn’t attending swanky events or filming Master Of None, he’s hanging out in his bright and airy Los Angeles pad. Here he gives Vogue a peek inside.

Source: Vogue/YouTube

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