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  • Investment in rural water sector increases to over €15m Eoghan Murphy, Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government has announced the further 2017 grant allocations to local authorities for group water and group sewerage schemes, providing an additional €3.676m under the 2017 Rural Water Programme over the interim allocations of €11.696 already announced in June. The allocations to local authorities, which amount to over €15.372 [...]...
  • HSA publishes 2016 Annual Report The Health and Safety Authority haspublished its 2016 Annual Report outlining major activities, achievements and outcomes over the course of the year. Key highlights include: 10,477 inspections and investigations undertaken 6,497 inspections carried out in the high-risk farming, construction and fishing sectors Written advice provided in over 4,301 inspections 369 improvement notices and 413 prohibition notices issued 17 prosecutions taken [...]...
  • Vigilance needed to sustain pace of jobs growth in construction An Tánaiste and Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation Frances Fitzgerald and Minister for Rural and Community Development, Michael Ring have welcomed the latest Quarterly National Household Survey figures from the Central Statistics Office, showing that employment continues to increase strongly with 48,000 more people employed in the year to Q2 2017. An Tánaiste and Minister [...]...
  • Construction fuels employment growth Ibec has welcomed the strong jobs numbers recently published by the CSO. The numbers provide more evidence of broad positive momentum in the economy, despite Brexit uncertainty. Employment grew by 2.9% in the first half of the year, closely in line with Ibec forecasts. The strongest growing sectors were ICT and construction which experienced growth of [...]...
  • Workshop: early career women engineers The Royal Irish Academy with the support of Engineers Ireland will hold a workshop to explore the problems and issues associated with retention and progression of early career women engineers and computer scientists. This free event will take place on Tuesday 26 September at Academy House, 19 Dawson Street, Dublin 2 from 10:00am to 3:00pm. Guest speakers [...]...

Investment in rural water sector increases to over €15m

  Investment in rural water sector increases to over €15m

Eoghan Murphy, Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government has announced the further 2017 grant allocations to local authorities for group water and group sewerage schemes, providing an additional €3.676m under the 2017 Rural Water Programme over the interim allocations of €11.696 already announced in June.
The allocations to local authorities, which amount to over €15.372 […]

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HSA publishes 2016 Annual Report

  HSA publishes 2016 Annual Report

The Health and Safety Authority haspublished its 2016 Annual Report outlining major activities, achievements and outcomes over the course of the year. Key highlights include:

10,477 inspections and investigations undertaken

6,497 inspections carried out in the high-risk farming, construction and fishing sectors

Written advice provided in over 4,301 inspections

369 improvement notices and 413 prohibition notices issued

17 prosecutions taken […]

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Vigilance needed to sustain pace of jobs growth in construction

  Vigilance needed to sustain pace of jobs growth in construction

An Tánaiste and Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation Frances Fitzgerald and Minister for Rural and Community Development, Michael Ring have welcomed the latest Quarterly National Household Survey figures from the Central Statistics Office, showing that employment continues to increase strongly with 48,000 more people employed in the year to Q2 2017.
An Tánaiste and Minister […]

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Dublin’s office stock contracts as demolitions exceed new completions

  Dublin’s office stock contracts as demolitions exceed new completions

Despite enough office space being completed to accommodate 2,700 workers, Dublin’s office stock actually contracted in Q2 due to large-scale demolitions of older buildings.
According to a new report by Savills Ireland over 32,000 sq m of new office space was delivered in Q2, mostly in prime business districts such as Molesworth St., St. Stephens Green […]

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Construction fuels employment growth

  Construction fuels employment growth

Ibec has welcomed the strong jobs numbers recently published by the CSO. The numbers provide more evidence of broad positive momentum in the economy, despite Brexit uncertainty. Employment grew by 2.9% in the first half of the year, closely in line with Ibec forecasts.
The strongest growing sectors were ICT and construction which experienced growth of […]

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Workshop: early career women engineers

  Workshop: early career women engineers

The Royal Irish Academy with the support of Engineers Ireland will hold a workshop to explore the problems and issues associated with retention and progression of early career women engineers and computer scientists.
This free event will take place on Tuesday 26 September at Academy House, 19 Dawson Street, Dublin 2 from 10:00am to 3:00pm. Guest speakers […]

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CRH agrees US$3.5bn acquisition of Ash Grove Cement

  CRH agrees US$3.5bn acquisition of Ash Grove Cement

CRH plc, the international building materials group, has announced that it has reached an agreement to acquire Ash Grove Cement Company, a leading US cement manufacturer headquartered in Overland Park, Kansas, for a total consideration of US$3.5 billion. The proposed transaction is subject to Ash Grove shareholder and regulatory approvals and will be financed through […]

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Walls appointed to €100m Charlemont Exchange redevelopment

  Walls appointed to €100m Charlemont Exchange redevelopment

Marlet Property Group Ltd., in conjunction with M&G Investments, has appointed Walls Construction to carry out extensive redevelopment work on the Charlemont Exchange office building at Dublin’s Charlemont Place.
100 construction jobs, direct and indirect labour, are expected to be created during the project, which will see the addition of two new floors and extensive refurbishment […]

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KMCS appoints new directors

  KMCS appoints new directors

KMCS, one of Ireland’s leading Construction Project and Cost Management consultancies, has announced the appointment of three new company directors. Colm Larkin, Andrew Gargan and Eileen Finn join Nigel Spence, who remains as Managing Director of the company. This comes as Barry Keogh, Senior Partner and Co-Founder retires from the business as part of a […]

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Credit ratings agency KBRA selects Dublin for European Headquarters

  Credit ratings agency KBRA selects Dublin for European Headquarters

Kroll Bond Rating Agency (KBRA) has announced its expansion into Europe with the opening of its European Headquarters in Dublin. The move is expected to create 100 new jobs over the next three years.
KBRA is a full service credit rating agency that was established in 2010 to restore trust in credit ratings following the financial […]

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Innovation key to continued growth in construction sector

  Innovation key to continued growth in construction sector

Over 60 companies from across the construction sector attended the Enterprise Ireland Technology Gateways Innovation in Construction conference in Dublin. The event focused on the importance of innovation in this pre-Brexit era.
The conference brought together two clusters of Technology Gateways – A-IoT* and EMD Ireland**, providing specialised presentations and industry case studies from Technology Gateways involved in […]

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Rents in Dublin grew by 3.3% in Quarter 2 2017

  Rents in Dublin grew by 3.3% in Quarter 2 2017

According to the Residential Tenancies Board, private sector rents grew 6.6% in the year end to the end of June this year. However, the rate of increase in the second quarter was marginally slower than in Quarter 1. The standardised average national rent stood at €1,017 per month in Q2, 2017 – up by €63 – […]

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RIAI outlines key recommendations to increase delivery of new houses

  RIAI outlines key recommendations to increase delivery of new houses

The Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland (RIAI) has published a report which highlights the lengthy timelines and complex administrative processes that impact delivery of new housing stock. Despite obvious demand for new houses and apartments, it can take upwards of three years for new homes to become available to purchase or rent.  While […]

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Planning permissions up in second quarter of 2017

  Planning permissions up in second quarter of 2017

In the second quarter of 2017, planning permissions were granted for 4,453 dwelling units, compared with 3,141 units for the same period in 2016, an increase of 41.8%. This is according to the latest research from the Central Statistics Office (CSO).
The second quarter figures also show that:

 Planning Permissions were granted for 3,630 houses in the […]

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Trinity professors lead €2.9m project to take stress out of water networks

  Trinity professors lead €2.9m project to take stress out of water networks

A​ ​new​ ​project​ ​which​ ​has​ ​received​ ​€2.9​ million in​ ​funding​ ​from​ ​the​ ​European Union (EU) ​will​ ​be lead ​by​ ​Trinity engineering​ ​and​ ​business​ ​professors. Reducing​ ​the​ ​Energy​ ​Dependency​ ​of​ ​the​ ​Atlantic​ ​area​ ​Water​ ​Networks (REDAWN) aims to lessen the​ ​burden​ ​on​ ​stressed​ ​water​ ​networks​ ​and​ ​reduce​ ​associated​ ​negative impacts​ ​on​ ​the​ ​environment.​ ​According to a […]

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Official opening of LinkedIn’s EMEA HQ as company continues to grow in Dublin

  Official opening of LinkedIn’s EMEA HQ as company continues to grow in Dublin

An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald officially opened LinkedIn’s new 17,650 sq m Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) HQ at Wilton Place in Dublin yesterday. The new building is the first that LinkedIn has built outside the USA and is the result of an €85 million investment. The development was undertaken in order […]

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Budget 2018 must focus on increasing the supply of new homes

  Budget 2018 must focus on increasing the supply of new homes

Property Industry Ireland (PII), the Ibec group representing businesses working in the property sector, has said the upcoming Budget needs to focus on the urgent need to increase the supply of affordable housing. Speaking at the launch of the PII pre-Budget submission, Director, Dr David Duffy, stated: “Significant progress has been made in tackling the […]

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DIT appoints Dr Bill East as Adjunct Professor in Construction Informatics

  DIT appoints Dr Bill East as Adjunct Professor in Construction Informatics

The DIT School of Surveying and Construction Management has appointed Dr Bill East as Adjunct Professor of Construction Informatics. Dr East will assist the School with the formulation of its research policy, identify potential research projects and devise an engagement strategy to attract students to study Surveying and Construction Management at DIT.
Dr Bill East is a prolific […]

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Ibec sets out business priorities for the North West

  Ibec sets out business priorities for the North West

Ibec has met with political representatives in the North West to set out the key investment and planning priorities for the region, as well as the measures required in the upcoming budget to support the region’s future growth.
Ibec North West Regional Director Terry MacNamara said, “Business will play a critical role in the future economic […]

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Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week approaches

  Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week approaches

Ireland’s fifth annual Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week is set to take place in Ireland from 26 September to 2 October this year. The campaign aims to raise awareness of the dangers of carbon monoxide and highlights the measures that can be taken to prevent it.
Carbon monoxide can, and does, kill. On average, six people in […]

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Sisk sign Curragh Racecourse Redevelopment Contract

  Sisk sign Curragh Racecourse Redevelopment Contract

The Curragh Racecourse Ltd has appointed John Sisk & Son as the main contractor to construct the new facilities that are scheduled to be completed by the end of 2018, in time to launch for the 2019 racing season.
Designed by Grimshaw Architects, in association with Newenham Mulligan & Associates and design and engineering partner Aecom, […]

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Finance Department – building sector must be closely monitored

  Finance Department – building sector must be closely monitored

A Department of Finance report has stated that the building sector must be closely monitored to prevent another housing boom. The report also said that a “strong supply response” is fundamental to tackling the housing crisis but that developments in the private sector require careful oversight to pre-empt the risk of a construction-led housing boom.
The […]

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Showcase event celebrates excellence in construction industry

  Showcase event celebrates excellence in construction industry

Representatives from across the construction industry in Northern Ireland gathered recently at a special celebration event to showcase the work of shortlisted finalists for this year’s Construction Excellence Awards.
The Awards – run by the Construction Employers Federation [CEF] in partnership with SPECIFY magazine – celebrate the best construction, civil engineering and housebuilding projects delivered by […]

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Enterprise Ireland Technology Gateways Innovation in Construction Conference

  Enterprise Ireland Technology Gateways Innovation in Construction Conference

60 companies from across the construction sector attended the Enterprise Ireland Technology Gateways Innovation in Construction conference in Dublin this week. The event focused on the importance of innovation in this pre-Brexit era.
The conference brought together two clusters of Technology Gateways – A-IoT* and EMD Ireland**, providing specialised presentations and industry case studies from Technology Gateways involved […]

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GDPR – the countdown is on

  GDPR – the countdown is on

According to the Small Firms Association, the countdown is on to major changes for business under the General Data Protection Regulation. SFA Director, Sven Spollen-Behrens commented, “The clock is ticking, counting down to the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which introduces major new obligations on businesses of all sizes. It is one […]

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Construction begins on new €144m Irish Ferries vessel

  Construction begins on new €144m Irish Ferries vessel

Irish Ferries has commenced construction on a new €144 million ship that will be the largest vessel operating on an Irish route upon its completion.
According to The Irish Times, the new ferry, the name of which will be decided by the outcome of a public competition, will encompass enough space for a combined crew and passenger […]

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Considerate Constructors Scheme reaches major milestone

  Considerate Constructors Scheme reaches major milestone

The Considerate Constructors Scheme – the UK national Scheme to improve the image of the construction industry – has reached a major milestone in construction history by registering its 100,000th site. The Infrastructure and Project Authority’s Head of Construction, Dr David Hancock, welcomed this achievement and the Scheme’s role in helping to improve the image of the […]

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SEAI says backing sustainable energy will improve lives, meet environmental challenges and back jobs

  SEAI says backing sustainable energy will improve lives, meet environmental challenges and back jobs

Ireland faces significant challenges ahead and only the improved delivery of sustainable energy solutions can help improve citizens’ quality of life, protect the economy and allow us meet the challenge posed by climate change. That was the message from the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) as it launched its new five-year strategy recently.
The new […]

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Construction to start on major North Wall Quay development

  Construction to start on major North Wall Quay development

Targeted Investment Opportunities (‘TIO’) has announced that it hopes to initiate construction on a significant commercial development at 91-94 North Wall Quay this autumn. TIO are currently seeking an amendment to the existing planning permission that will allow construction to commence on a large new development to include a luxury hotel and over a quarter […]

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Minister Murphy approves funding of €12m under Disabled Persons Grant Scheme

  Minister Murphy approves funding of €12m under Disabled Persons Grant Scheme

Eoghan Murphy, Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government, has approved funding of €12 million for the Disabled Persons Grant Scheme.
In welcoming the efforts being made by Local Authorities to improve the quality of life for those with disabilities and those affected by over-crowding, Minister Murphy stated, “This will greatly improve the housing conditions for […]

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