Russian authorities plan a major bid to woo Irish construction workers and firms to Moscow, starting with a major job fair later this year.
The job fair comes after news of a huge $3 trillion construction boom in Russia which is expected to offer a lifeline to tens of thousands of unemployed Irish construction workers, and once-thriving building firms that are struggling to survive.
With the winter Olympics and World Cup soccer finals in the next eight years, the pressure on Russia to rebuild and expand its infrastructure is enormous.
As a result, it is expected that Irish construction workers desperate for work could be heading to Russia in the next few years as the country plans a huge expansion of its capital city in particular.
Minister for Trade and Development Joe Costello said that the oil- and gas-rich country would be sending a delegation to Ireland in the fall to look for skilled workers who can help rebuild the city.
“They will be bringing a roadshow to Ireland in the autumn looking for Irish expertise in design, planning, architecture and town planning,” he added.