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17Feb94 REPUBLIC OF IRELAND: GLEESON VENTURE EYES IRISH PLAN.

The M J Gleeson group has formed a joint venture company to win infrastructure projects in the Irish Republic.Gleeson has teamed up with Irish firm Walsh Maguire and O'Shea to pursue tenders which will be offered as part of Ireland's national development plan.The Irish government intends to spend over IR£15 billion (£13.95 billion) on infrastructure work in the run-up to the end of the century.Finance will come from the European Union, the Irish Government and the private sector.A spokesperson said the new company - to be called Gleeson, Walsh, Maguire and O'Shea - will be tendering for some of the larger contracts, particularly water-related civil engineering projects.Gleeson is one of the largest dam contractors in the UK, with a current portfolio of water-related projects totalling £100 million.Walsh Maguire and O'Shea is best known in Ireland for its work on the financial services centre built on Dublin's docks several years ago.The Gleeson group also has Irish connections: it was founded by M J Gleeson, who emigrated from the west of Ireland in the last century. The Gleeson group, according to the spokesperson, has retained close familial links with the country. CONSTRUCTION NEWS