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Final Stage of €6.5 Million Rejuvenation of Cahernane House Hotel

    Final Stage of €6.5 Million Rejuvenation of Cahernane House Hotel

International hotel management company, The PREM Group, are preparing to enter the final phase of a major €6.5 million redevelopment of their latest acquisition, Cahernane House Hotel in Killarney. Purchased by the PREM Group in 2016, Cahernane House Hotel has undergone extensive renovations over the past 18 months in a bid to return the luxury […]

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McHale Plant Sales Plans For Growth in 2018

    McHale Plant Sales Plans For Growth in 2018

Following a highly successful year in which sales volumes at the company increased by some 20% on the previous 12 months, McHale Plant Sales sees scope over the next few years for a further 40% growth within the marketplace generally. The company’s recent appointment as distributors of Komatsu Forest timber harvesting machinery and Terex Ecotec environmental […]

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Glenveagh Acquires Additional Sites to Deliver 660 Residential Units

    Glenveagh Acquires Additional Sites to Deliver 660 Residential Units

Glenveagh Properties, a leading Irish housebuilder listed on the Irish and London Stock Exchanges, has completed the acquisition of Brook Lane in Rush, County Dublin. Glenveagh has also signed an unconditional legal contract to acquire a development site at Millennium Park in Naas, County Kildare. These acquisitions have the combined potential to deliver in excess […]

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Irish Construction Industry Awards 2018

    Irish Construction Industry Awards 2018

The Irish Construction Industry Awards have been officially launched and will take place on May 10 2018 at the Citywest Hotel, Dublin. Launched initially in 2014 to benchmark excellence within Ireland’s construction industry, this year is set to be the biggest yet.
With a broad spectrum of categories for entry, a gala awards ceremony, and nationwide […]

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Largest Ever European Investment Bank Support in Ireland Backs New Children’s Hospital Project

    Largest Ever European Investment Bank Support in Ireland Backs New Children’s Hospital Project

The European Investment Bank is to provide a loan of €490 million to support construction of the new children’s hospital in Dublin. This represents the largest ever financial engagement by the European Union’s long-term lending institution in Ireland and the EIB’s first backing for a hospital in the country.
The new children’s hospital project includes two […]

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Strabane Manufacturer to Invest Over £7 Million in Ambitious Expansion

    Strabane Manufacturer to Invest Over £7 Million in Ambitious Expansion

Strabane-based Fabplus is planning to more than double its workforce and turnover with support from Invest Northern Ireland. The investment is part of a three year expansion plan to increase its market share in the Republic of Ireland and Great Britain, and gain a foothold in mainland Europe and Scandinavia.
Recruitment is underway to employ 83 additional staff at […]

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Center Parcs Signs Contract With John Sisk & Son

    Center Parcs Signs Contract With John Sisk & Son

As construction activity on the much anticipated €233 million Center Parcs Longford Forest resort in County Longford ramps up, the company has announced it has formally awarded two major construction contracts to Dublin-based construction firm John Sisk & Son.
The contracts for the construction of the 470 lodges and 30 apartments as well as the state-of-the-art centre […]

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Roadmap to Digital Transition For Ireland’s Construction Industry

    Roadmap to Digital Transition For Ireland’s Construction Industry

The National BIM Council has published the first digital strategy for Ireland’s construction industry, titled a ‘Roadmap to Digital Transition’. Over the past 18 months, the council has consulted and researched, both domestically and internationally to offer a vision and direction for the sector that looks to achieve 20% reductions in cost, 20% reductions in […]

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Donal McCarthy Appointed New Managing Director Ireland East by John Sisk & Son

    Donal McCarthy Appointed New Managing Director Ireland East by John Sisk & Son

John Sisk & Son Ltd, Ireland’s leading provider of construction services with extensive operations across Ireland, the United Kingdom and mainland Europe, has announced the appointment of Donal McCarthy (pictured) as Managing Director Ireland East effective from January 1st 2018, replacing Paul Hackett. Paul is moving into the role of Director for European Expansion and Government Relations, with […]

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Sisk Announces Winners of Inaugural Supply Chain Awards

    Sisk Announces Winners of Inaugural Supply Chain Awards

John Sisk & Son, Ireland’s leading provider of construction services with extensive operations across Ireland, the United Kingdom and mainland Europe, has announced the winners of its inaugural Supply Chain Awards for 2017. Sisk spent a total of €850 million with its supply chain in 2017 while the construction business also confirmed it has a total […]

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2017 KPMG Irish Independent Property Industry Excellence Award Winners

    2017 KPMG Irish Independent Property Industry Excellence Award Winners

800 of Ireland’s property industry stakeholders; commercial & residential agencies, developers, architects, designers, investment managers and contractors convened at the Convention Centre Dublin recently for the announcement of the winners of the highly contested KPMG Irish Independent Property Industry Excellence Awards. Over 120 shortlisted nominations were judged across 11 categories where the standard of entries […]

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CField Construction Helps Build Field of Dreams For Down Syndrome Cork

    CField Construction Helps Build Field of Dreams For Down Syndrome Cork

Field of Dreams, an educational and horticultural centre for adults with Down syndrome, was officially opened by Minister Simon Coveney in Cork recently. CField Construction, who engaged in the project as the main contractor on a pro-bono basis, built the centre on the Curraheen Road. The project, pioneered by chairman of Down Syndrome Cork Ray […]

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New Record Set For Dublin Property Market

    New Record Set For Dublin Property Market

Sales at Lansdowne Place, Chartered Land’s luxury residential development in Ballsbridge, have surpassed targets with over €100 million secured from sales to date. The prices achieved equate to over €1,000 per sq. ft. setting new records for the Dublin property market.
The Templeton, which was the first building to come on the market, and The Blake, launched […]

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Ivan Webb Scholarship 2017

    Ivan Webb Scholarship 2017

The Ivan Webb Scholarship 2017 has been awarded to three students from the Dublin Institute of Technology, Bolton Street. Sionainn McLaughlin, received the First Year Full Time Scholarship Award; David Quinn took home the Second Year Full Time Scholarship Award and Catherine Rogers was awarded the Back to Education Scholarship Award.

The Ivan Webb Scholarship Foundation was established […]

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EIB Backs Re-development of Limerick and Confirms New Irish Urban Investment Plans

    EIB Backs Re-development of Limerick and Confirms New Irish Urban Investment Plans

Limerick’s economic resurgence has taken another giant step forward as the European Investment Bank (EIB) confirmed a record commitment for an urban Ireland investment programme for the city. EIB will commit to €85million in lending to Limerick City and County Council to be spent on transforming the 1.62 hectare Opera Site in the city centre […]

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House Prices Could Rise By 20% From 2017 to 2020

    House Prices Could Rise By 20% From 2017 to 2020

New ESRI research analyses a number of demographic and economic factors to forecast trends in house prices. The research finds that over the period from 2017-2020, house prices could rise by 20% in real terms if projections for strong economic growth over the period are realised and if the slow rate of housing supply continues.
The […]

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Redevelopment of Páirc Uí Chaoimh Voted Best National Engineering Project of 2017

    Redevelopment of Páirc Uí Chaoimh Voted Best National Engineering Project of 2017

The redevelopment of Páirc Uí Chaoimh has been voted national Engineering Project of the Year for 2017 at eighth Engineers Ireland Excellence Awards. The regeneration of the stadium, home of Cork City and County GAA activities since it was established in 1898, has resulted in a multi-purpose floodlit bowl-shaped venue that can accommodate a capacity […]

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SEAI Sustainable Energy Awards Recognise Impact of Innovative Energy Solutions in Design and Construction

    SEAI Sustainable Energy Awards Recognise Impact of Innovative Energy Solutions in Design and Construction

The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) recently announced the winners of its Sustainable Energy Awards at a gala event which saw Durkan Residential and Energy Communities Tipperary Co-Op receive awards. The Awards recognise excellence in energy management in businesses, communities and public sector organisations.
Durkan Residential Ltd, a Dublin based private housing developer who has […]

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GRAHAM Construction Named as Building Industry’s Top Contractor

    GRAHAM Construction Named as Building Industry’s Top Contractor

Hillsborough-based contractor GRAHAM Construction has been named Major Contractor of the Year at the annual UK Building Awards. GRAHAM Construction is part of the GRAHAM Group, one of the UK and Ireland’s leading construction, asset management and project investment businesses. In the financial year ending April 2017, the company increased its turnover to £565 million, […]

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Gyproc Ireland Creates 14 New Jobs at Kingscourt Factory

    Gyproc Ireland Creates 14 New Jobs at Kingscourt Factory

Gyproc, Ireland’s leading manufacturer of plaster and plasterboard and part of the Saint-Gobain group, has today announced the creation of 14 new jobs at its manufacturing facility in Kingscourt, Co. Cavan. The announcement of the new jobs comes as Gyproc moves to a new four shift operation meaning the company now has the capability to […]

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Bio-marine Ingredients Ireland to Develop €35 Million Processing Facility in Killybegs

    Bio-marine Ingredients Ireland to Develop €35 Million Processing Facility in Killybegs

Bio-marine Ingredients Ireland (BII) has secured planning permission for a second larger marine ingredients processing facility in Killybegs, Co Donegal which will cost an estimated €35 million to develop and will have capacity for 120,000 tonnes of fish. Construction is provisionally scheduled to get underway in 2018.

BII is a joint venture between the Killybegs Fishermen’s […]

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Kilsaran International Wins Sustainable Quarry of the Year 2017

    Kilsaran International Wins Sustainable Quarry of the Year 2017

Kilsaran International, from Dunboyne, Co Meath, was a double winner at this year’s Irish Concrete Federation Sustainable Quarry Awards. The company’s Gallstown Quarry (see picture above) was awarded the top prize as National Winner with the citation“Outstanding Achievement in Comprehensive Environmental Management of a Large Integrated Extractive Operation.” While “Outstanding Achievement in Overall Quarry Sustainability” went […]

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Another Successful Year For PM Group

    Another Successful Year For PM Group

PM Group, the international project delivery company, has reported Group revenue of €336 million, an increase of 13% on 2015. The Group delivered operating profits of €10.6 million for the year ended 31st December 2016, an outcome in line with prior year. Project activity improved year on year, with a 3% increase in underlying fee […]

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Ecocem Ireland Launches First Hybrid Weather Resistant Bag

    Ecocem Ireland Launches First Hybrid Weather Resistant Bag

Ireland’s premier producer of high performance, low carbon cement Ecocem Ireland has announced its new product development for the bagged cement market in Ireland and the UK. The upgraded offering sees the traditional paper bag being replaced by a stronger, more durable weather resistant hybrid bag.
Micheál McKittrick, Managing Director of Ecocem Ireland, comments: “The purpose of […]

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Ireland’s First Syndicated Property Finance Platform Launched

    Ireland’s First Syndicated Property Finance Platform Launched

Initiative Ireland has launched Ireland’s first syndicated property finance platform (www.initiativeireland.ie). The launch coincides with the company’s pre-approval of a €1.5 million secured loan, which has been approved for funding via the platform. The largest crowd-lending loan approved to date in Ireland, the loan will fund the development of 10 social housing apartments and a […]

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Kingspan Retains Position on CDP Climate ‘A List’

    Kingspan Retains Position on CDP Climate ‘A List’

Kingspan, a global leader in high performance insulation, building fabric, and solar integrated building envelopes, has been named for the third year in a row on The Climate ‘A List’ by CDP, the international not-for-profit organisation that measures the environmental impact of thousands of companies around the world. Kingspan is one of only two Irish companies […]

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Construction Plant Sector Welcomes Decision to Upgrade N20 to Motorway Status

    Construction Plant Sector Welcomes Decision to Upgrade N20 to Motorway Status

Government plans to proceed with the upgrading of the N20 Cork – Limerick road to motorway status – confirmed by An Taoiseach and Cabinet colleagues during their recent meeting in Cork – have been wholeheartedly welcomed by the construction plant and machinery sector.
Birdhill-based Komatsu distributor Michael McHale, managing director of McHale Plant Sales, says: “It is […]

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Increased Pay For Construction Workers

    Increased Pay For Construction Workers

Pat Breen TD, Minister of State at the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation has signed into law an Order entitled “Sectoral Employment Order (Construction Sector) 2017”. This Order fixes the statutory minimum pay, pension and sick pay entitlements for craftsmen, construction operatives and apprentices employed in the construction Sector.
The Order gives legal effect to the […]

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Guaranteed Irish Welcomes Support For Housing and Enterprise Development

    Guaranteed Irish Welcomes Support For Housing and Enterprise Development

Guaranteed Irish has welcomed measures in Budget 2018 to increase housing supply and support enterprise. However, the organisation cautioned that further measures are needed to adequately stimulate Ireland’s construction sector. Measures welcomed by the business membership organisation included a total allocation of €1.8 billion for housing in Budget 2018, the establishment of Home Building Finance […]

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Construction Companies Reporting Difficulty Accessing Funding

    Construction Companies Reporting Difficulty Accessing Funding

A new survey by RSM and the Construction Industry Federation has found that construction companies are still facing significant difficulties in accessing funding to invest in their businesses and to deliver viable housing and infrastructure projects. Of those surveyed, only 33% of those involved in house building obtained bank finance. 63% who sought to borrow […]

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Guaranteed Irish Calls For VAT Reduction and Expansion of Incentive Schemes to Stimulate Construction Sector

    Guaranteed Irish Calls For VAT Reduction and Expansion of Incentive Schemes to Stimulate Construction Sector

Guaranteed Irish has called for a reduction in VAT, the expansion of incentive schemes, and an overhaul of apprenticeships to stimulate the construction industry. The organisation has published recommendations on the steps needed to ensure sustainable construction in Ireland in future years. The recommendations were formulated at a roundtable event attended by Guaranteed Irish construction-industry […]

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Registrations invited for ‘Meet the Buyer’ event for construction of children’s hospital

    Registrations invited for ‘Meet the Buyer’ event for construction of children’s hospital

Enterprise Ireland, in association with the National Paediatric Hospital Development Board, is inviting registration for a ‘Meet the Buyer’ event for the construction of the new children’s hospital. The event will take place at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham from 8am – 12 noon on 25 October 2017 and is free of charge.
This ‘Meet the Buyer’ […]

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UCC unveils most ambitious strategic plan in its history

    UCC unveils most ambitious strategic plan in its history

University College Cork (UCC) has unveiled its €350 million investment plan which will create more than 500 new construction jobs in Cork over the next five years.
Announcing his strategic plan UCC President, Professor Patrick O’Shea, outlined the development goals for UCC which include major capital projects and significant targets in the areas of philanthropy and […]

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Construction must attract more women into industry to solve Irish housing and infrastructure crises

    Construction must attract more women into industry to solve Irish housing and infrastructure crises

The Construction Industry Federation welcomed over 100 people to its Women in Construction Network event yesterday. The event entitled #BuildingEquality saw the launch of the CIF’s Women in Construction Network. The objective of the network is to increase the number of women working in the construction industry.
A recent report by the CIF showed that the […]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Guaranteed Irish ‘Construction Month’ kicks off

    Guaranteed Irish ‘Construction Month’ kicks off

Throughout September, leading industry representatives will share their insights on how to develop Ireland’s construction sector in a sustainable way as part of the Guaranteed Irish ‘Construction Month’.
Guaranteed Irish is a business membership organisation with over 300 members nationwide, including leading construction, manufacturing, hardware and DIY firms such as CRH, Tegral, Wavin, Kingspan, Combilift, Celuplast, […]

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Growth of activity remains marked, but slows to 29 month low – Ulster Bank Construction PMI

    Growth of activity remains marked, but slows to 29 month low – Ulster Bank Construction PMI

Growth in the Irish construction sector eased again, with slower rises in both activity and new orders recorded. That said, rates of expansion remained marked and firms upped their rate of job creation. The Ulster Bank Construction Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) – a seasonally adjusted index designed to track changes in total construction activity – dipped for […]

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CIF meets with Ministers to discuss supply of infrastructure

    CIF meets with Ministers to discuss supply of infrastructure

The CIF met with the Minister for Finance Pascal Donohoe and Minister for State Michael D’arcy in the Department of Finance this week to chart a way past blockages in the supply of critical residential, specialist buildings and infrastructure. The Construction Industry Federation (CIF) presented radical initiatives to increase investment in infrastructure and to establish a small […]

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Construction starts on €233m Center Parcs Longford Forest

    Construction starts on €233m Center Parcs Longford Forest

Center Parcs was delighted that An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar joined Martin Dalby, CEO of Center Parcs for the recent Official Sod Turning Ceremony, marking the start of construction work on the €233 million development at Center Parcs Longford Forest, Ballymahon, County Longford. The milestone occasion was celebrated with local community, as well as representatives from […]

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UK construction falls to lowest in 2017

    UK construction falls to lowest in 2017

Activity among Britain’s builders slumped to its lowest in a year in August as firms delayed projects in the run-up to Brexit according to the latest survey snapshot of the sector. The Purchasing Managers’ Index came in at 51.1, down from 51.9 in July and lower than City analysts’ expectations of 52.
Any figure above 50 […]

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Using technology to attract more young people into construction

    Using technology to attract more young people into construction

MyKindaFuture, a talent specialist in the UK, has been working closely with the industry and have created ‘connectr’, a learning and communications platform designed to attract, engage and guide more young people into construction and engineering roles.
The platform is a bespoke, cloud-based, learning and engagement tool which is helping to redefine the candidate experience and is […]

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Cork building sector demands upgrades to road and water network

    Cork building sector demands upgrades to road and water network

According to a report in the Evening Echo, major infrastructure works are needed to bring land marked for housing development up to scratch. The report says that construction experts in Cork believe issues with roads and water are hindering progress in major housing developments throughout the city and county.

Conor O’Connell, regional director at the Construction […]

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CEF/BDO survey finds construction companies performing strongly – but with challenges on the horizon

    CEF/BDO survey finds construction companies performing strongly – but with challenges on the horizon

The first Construction Employers Federation (CEF)/BDO Northern Ireland Half-Year State of Trade Survey has revealed the books were full or nearly full for two-thirds of local construction companies during the first six months of 2017.
The positive growth, seen most clearly in private housebuilding and infrastructure work, comes at a time of significant political and economic […]

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NI construction jobs waiting on DUP deal money

    NI construction jobs waiting on DUP deal money

Thousands of new construction jobs in the North are awaiting the release of money from the DUP’s deal with the Conservatives, industry experts have said. According to a report in the Irish Examiner, a £400 million windfall for infrastructure over two years has been agreed.
The key project will be at York Street Interchange in Belfast and […]

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UK house price growth slows

    UK house price growth slows

According to Nationwide, house price growth slowed to 2.1% in August, from 2.9% in July, amid fears Brexit-fuelled inflation is placing pressure on household spending. Property values fell for the first time since May, down 0.1% month-on-month to an average of £210,495. The number of mortgages approved for house purchases fell to a nine-month low of […]

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CIF Women in Construction Breakfast Briefing

    CIF Women in Construction Breakfast Briefing

The CIF will host its second Women in Construction Breakfast Briefing event #BuildingEquality from 8am to 10am on Tuesday 26th of September at Construction House.
This event follows on from the CIF’s very successful Breakfast Briefing Increasing Female Participation in the Construction Industry on International Women’s Day in March.
It is estimated that the construction industry will need over 112,000 new employees across […]

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Work restarts at Adamstown

    Work restarts at Adamstown

More than 200 houses are currently under construction at the west Dublin suburb of Adamstown, with planning permission for 800 more expected to be approved by the end of the year. Almost 70% of homes are selling for under €300,000 in the area, against average Dublin house prices of more than €400,000.
Adamstown was initially designed […]

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45% of Enterprise Ireland construction firms have reduced exposure to the UK following Brexit

    45% of Enterprise Ireland construction firms have reduced exposure to the UK following Brexit

A new survey – Export Market Watch – has found that since the Brexit vote, nearly half (45%) of Enterprise Ireland construction firms have reduced their exposure to the UK, with almost seven in 10 firms surveyed now viewing the Eurozone as providing key opportunities for growth.
The new publication by Enterprise Ireland, in conjunction with Investec, is […]

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