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  • Tipperary students win top honours at SEAI One Good Idea National Final Ursuline Secondary School from Thurles in Co Tipperary has been named the winner of this year’s Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland’s (SEAI) One Good Idea competition for their campaign ‘Wattaware’. The campaign aims to raise energy awareness and tackle climate change by educating people in their community on the long term savings the can make [...]...
  • Cork city building getting ready for Crawford art students MORE than 100 CIT students will be accommodated in the college’s new city centre hub for postgraduate studies in art and design. Refurbishment works on the former Bank of Scotland building at 46 Grand Parade are on course to be finished by August, allowing the students to move in ahead of the start of the [...]...
  • Irish commercial property lending business launched by Timbercreek Canadian property investment firm, Timbercreek Asset Management, has launched its Irish commercial property lending business, with €200 million available to support property investment projects. Paul Roddy will lead Timbercreek’s Irish platform, building upon its 10 year and €4 billion commercial property lending global track record. The company is targeting loans sized from €1 million to €50 [...]...
  • 100 new jobs at Designer Group Paschal Donohoe, TD, Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform has officially opened the new €2 million headquarter offices of Designer Group Limited in Blanchardstown on the 12th of May. Designer Group was established in Ireland in 1992 and specialises in mechanical, electrical engineering and energy services for commercial and industrial customers. The company has experienced considerable [...]...
  • Tipperary to achieve 33% energy reduction target by 2020 Tipperary County Council has signed up to an energy partnership with the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) to adopt cost saving and efficiency measures to ensure its energy consumption is reduced in line with the 2020 public sector energy efficiency target of 33%. The partnership programme helps public bodies to save money, improve the environment [...]...

Tipperary students win top honours at SEAI One Good Idea National Final

  Tipperary students win top honours at SEAI One Good Idea National Final

Ursuline Secondary School from Thurles in Co Tipperary has been named the winner of this year’s Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland’s (SEAI) One Good Idea competition for their campaign ‘Wattaware’. The campaign aims to raise energy awareness and tackle climate change by educating people in their community on the long term savings the can make […]

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Cork city building getting ready for Crawford art students

  Cork city building getting ready for Crawford art students

MORE than 100 CIT students will be accommodated in the college’s new city centre hub for postgraduate studies in art and design. Refurbishment works on the former Bank of Scotland building at 46 Grand Parade are on course to be finished by August, allowing the students to move in ahead of the start of the […]

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Irish commercial property lending business launched by Timbercreek

  Irish commercial property lending business launched by Timbercreek

Canadian property investment firm, Timbercreek Asset Management, has launched its Irish commercial property lending business, with €200 million available to support property investment projects.
Paul Roddy will lead Timbercreek’s Irish platform, building upon its 10 year and €4 billion commercial property lending global track record. The company is targeting loans sized from €1 million to €50 […]

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100 new jobs at Designer Group

  100 new jobs at Designer Group

Paschal Donohoe, TD, Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform has officially opened the new €2 million headquarter offices of Designer Group Limited in Blanchardstown on the 12th of May. Designer Group was established in Ireland in 1992 and specialises in mechanical, electrical engineering and energy services for commercial and industrial customers.
The company has experienced considerable […]

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Tipperary to achieve 33% energy reduction target by 2020

  Tipperary to achieve 33% energy reduction target by 2020

Tipperary County Council has signed up to an energy partnership with the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) to adopt cost saving and efficiency measures to ensure its energy consumption is reduced in line with the 2020 public sector energy efficiency target of 33%.
The partnership programme helps public bodies to save money, improve the environment […]

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Apprentices must play a key role in rebuilding the construction industry

  Apprentices must play a key role in rebuilding the construction industry

Construction employment could rise to 213,000 by 2020 based on DKM and SOLAS analysis. However, Ireland’s economic recovery may be hampered by a potential skills shortage within the construction sector, if more is not done to attract people into and to develop those already in the industry.
The Construction Industry Federation recently addressed the Oireachtas Joint […]

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Increase in house building in commuter-belt counties

  Increase in house building in commuter-belt counties

According to a recent CIF report, more new houses are being built nationwide than this time last year. Kildare has seen the sharpest increase in new projects, with a 203% increase in new residential units at the “commencement” stage. In addition, 176 new homes were recorded in the first two months of the year, compared […]

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NI’s largest office building gets green light

  NI’s largest office building gets green light

Planning permission has been approved for Northern Ireland’s largest office building, One Bankmore Square. When complete, the Belfast building will extend to 250,000sq ft of office space, complete with 8,000sq ft of ground floor space for retail use.
According to Savills, the building will have enough space to accommodate up to 3,000 office workers across its […]

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Over €1.4b worth of construction projects moved on-site in Q1 2017

  Over €1.4b worth of construction projects moved on-site in Q1 2017

Construction Information Services (CIS) have just published their Q1 2017 Construction Market Review which provides an analysis of activity in the construction sector for the first quarter of 2017 and a comparative analysis against the corresponding period in 2016.
Key Stats
Over €1.4 billion worth of projects moved on-site in Q1 2017
Value of projects on-site is down […]

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Foreign competitors may be needed to meet increasing demand

  Foreign competitors may be needed to meet increasing demand

The CIF has stated that the number of new apprentices entering construction must more than double by 2020 or the State will need foreign competitors to satisfy market demand. Dermot Carey, director of safety and training at the CIF, also said that construction employment could rise to 213,000 by 2020 and that the number of […]

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Funding of €100k for Approved Housing Bodies gets green light

  Funding of €100k for Approved Housing Bodies gets green light

Damien English, Minister of State for Housing and Urban Renewal, has announced the approval of over €100,000 in funding for four Approved Housing Bodies (AHBs) under the Innovation Fund. This Fund was established, in line with the commitment made in Rebuilding Ireland, to provide AHBs with the means to test innovative ideas on new funding […]

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JP Morgan to buy 200 Capital Dock in Dublin

  JP Morgan to buy 200 Capital Dock in Dublin

JP Morgan has agreed a deal to buy 200 Capital Dock in Dublin city centre as part of its plans to create up to 500 new jobs here. According to Bloomberg, the US late next year. The new Capital Dock offices are being built on Sir John Rogerson’s Quay in the Dublin Docklands and when […]

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Cairn Homes to raise €50m in share sale

  Cairn Homes to raise €50m in share sale

Cairn Homes could raise up to €50 million to help fund bids for prime development sites in Dublin, including land being sold by broadcaster RTÉ at its Donnybrook complex. The property group has announced plans to place up to 33.7 million new ordinary shares in the company with institutional investors.
In a stock-market announcement, Cairn said […]

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College Green must work as transport artery first, plaza second – Dublin Chamber

  College Green must work as transport artery first, plaza second – Dublin Chamber

Dublin Chamber, the group which represents businesses in the Dublin region, has expressed concern over the lack of clarity regarding how traffic will move around the city once the new Luas line opens later this year. The Chamber, reacting to the publication of new proposals for a pedestrian plaza on College Green, said the piecemeal […]

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Data centres pushing up energy demands

  Data centres pushing up energy demands

EirGrid has predicted that Ireland’s energy demand will rise over the next decade due to the spread of data centres across the country. This will make the government’s task of avoiding fines for missed EU renewable-energy targets much more difficult.
In its recent ‘all-island generation capacity statement’, EirGrid said the need for extra power supply would […]

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Preparatory work on North-South interconnector can go ahead

  Preparatory work on North-South interconnector can go ahead

Preparatory work on the proposed North-South electricity interconnector is set to go ahead after a judge granted EirGrid’s application to vary a stay which had prevented it from commencing work. A number of landowners had opposed the variations, saying EirGrid should await the court’s decision on their full case challenging planning permission for the project […]

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BAM seeks to enhance one million lives in local communities

  BAM seeks to enhance one million lives in local communities

BAM Ireland, one of the country’s largest construction companies, is making a positive impact on local communities through its “Enhancing lives” programme. The programme, which is part of BAM’s strategy for 2016 to 2020, aims to add real value to communities through partnership.
BAM is active across the entire spectrum of construction activity in Ireland, including […]

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UrbanVolt saves clients over €20m in energy costs

  UrbanVolt saves clients over €20m in energy costs

Irish energy services company UrbanVolt has completed its 100th project installation. In just over one year, UrbanVolt has upgraded 100 business premises to LED lighting via its zero capex ‘Light as a Service’ business model, reducing these clients energy costs by over €20 million over the next five years.
It is now the largest commercial and […]

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Plans for new College Green plaza in Dublin revealed

  Plans for new College Green plaza in Dublin revealed

A €10 million scheme to convert Dublin’s College Green into a pedestrian plaza is set to go to An Bord Pleanála next week. The project will see a ban on all private cars and East/West public transport. It will cover nearly 7,500 sq m and will involve a two-way cycle track, wooden benches, fountains and […]

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Kirby Group Engineering makes key appointments

  Kirby Group Engineering makes key appointments

Kirby Group Engineering has made a number of key appointments at senior level. The appointments are in response to the company’s growth and success domestically and internationally, and align with its commitment to continuously build an effective management team. Conor O’Brien has been appointed Group Commercial Director while Sean Rapple has been appointed Associate Director […]

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SEAI Sustainable Energy Awards searching for sustainable energy leaders across Ireland

  SEAI Sustainable Energy Awards searching for sustainable energy leaders across Ireland

The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) has started the search for sustainable energy leaders as it launched its 14th annual energy awards, the longest running energy leadership awards in the country. The SEAI Sustainable Energy Awards recognise and reward excellence in energy efficiency and renewable energy and are open to organisations, businesses or communities […]

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Second call for new apprenticeship proposals welcomed

  Second call for new apprenticeship proposals welcomed

The Minister for Education and Skills Richard Bruton and the Minister of State for Skills, Research and Innovation John Halligan has welcomed the opening of the Apprenticeship Council’s second call for new apprenticeship proposals.
Minister Bruton and Minister Halligan have called on employers to come forward with apprenticeship proposals. For companies, the skills that will be […]

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Project Management Institute holds largest national conference to date

  Project Management Institute holds largest national conference to date

Almost 400 business professionals gathered recently to discuss the challenges of Brexit at the Ireland Chapter of Project Management Institute’s (PMI) annual national conference at the Aviva Stadium. With the theme ‘Challenge in Changing Times’, this year’s conference, the largest to date, focused on the need for Irish businesses to draw on the strategic competence […]

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€15m expansion planned at Blanchardstown Shopping Centre

  €15m expansion planned at Blanchardstown Shopping Centre

The management company for Blanchardstown Centre has lodged a planning application to extend the centre’s central mall area. The application by Multi Corporation involves a 60,000sq ft development which is expected to create a number of new large retail units on both the lower and upper central mall levels. Some tenants are said to be […]

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Contractor sought for Dublin’s tallest building

  Contractor sought for Dublin’s tallest building

Dublin’s tallest office building, The Exo, will stand at 73m high and could accommodate up to 2,000 office workers. Located at Point Square in Dublin’s Dockland’s, it was announced this week that tender has been issued for the appointment of a building contractor and that Savills and CBRE have been instructed to seek pre-letting agreements […]

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Brexit, FDI, Jobs – all covered at National Construction Summit

  Brexit, FDI, Jobs – all covered at National Construction Summit

The 3rd annual National Construction Summit is set to take place on the 14th June in the RDS, Dublin. The purpose of the event is simple – bring together over 2000 construction companies, developers, policy makers, project owners, government and municipal bodies, lenders and architectural and design firms in order to stimulate debate, enrich knowledge […]

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Warning over lack of skilled workers post-Brexit

  Warning over lack of skilled workers post-Brexit

The Federation of Master Builders (FMB), the largest trade association in the UK construction industry, has stated that migrant labour is crucial to the sector and that in London alone, more than half the industry’s workforce is made up of non-UK nationals.
The group called on the next Government to make sure construction firms have enough […]

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Fears raised over stability of buildings built during boom

  Fears raised over stability of buildings built during boom

A Kilkenny member of the Institute of Clerks of Works and Building Inspectors in Ireland (ICWBII) has raised fears that some of the buildings constructed during the Celtic Tiger years could, potentially be unstable or dangerous. It follows a number of high profile cases including Priory Hall where major defects in building construction in the […]

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Improving Health & Safety in the industry

  Improving Health & Safety in the industry

The 28th of April marked the third annual Workers’ Memorial Day in Ireland, a day when the Construction Industry Federation gathers with its partners in Government, the Irish Congress of Trade Unions (Congress), Ibec and the Health and Safety Authority (HSA) to remember those killed, injured and bereaved through workplace accidents.
According to CIF Director of […]

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Minister Coveney launches the Rebuilding Ireland Housing Land Map

  Minister Coveney launches the Rebuilding Ireland Housing Land Map

Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government Simon Coveney has launched the Rebuilding Ireland Housing Land Map, a vital initial step in the new State Housing Land Management Strategy being developed under Ireland 2040, the National Planning Framework.
The map is the result of the collation of data by the Department of Housing, Planning, Community […]

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