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2018 is Off to a Fresh Start For Speculative Industrial Development in South West Dublin

    2018 is Off to a Fresh Start For Speculative Industrial Development in South West Dublin

Exeter Property Company has appointed contractors for the construction of a new 110,000 sq. ft. state-of-the-art logistics facility at Greenogue Business Park, just minutes from the Naas Road at Rathcoole. On completion, the company expects to employ over 200 people at the facility, whilst over 50 jobs will be created during construction.
“With the absence of […]

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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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82% of Engineering Employers Plan to Hire in 2018

    82% of Engineering Employers Plan to Hire in 2018

79% of engineering employers expect their businesses to grow in 2018, a new Engineers Ireland survey has revealed. The findings indicate that engineering employers are very confident for the year ahead with 82% also planning to hire more engineers. 2017 was also viewed in a positive light by those surveyed, with 60% saying their financial […]

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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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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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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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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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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 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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Median national salary for a Chartered Surveyor is €70K

    Median national salary for a Chartered Surveyor is €70K

A new salary survey by Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland shows:

Median national salary for a Chartered Surveyor is €70K
Median salaries for women increased by 11% narrowing the pay gap between men and women to 5%
Over half of surveyors received a pay increase this year and 2 out of 3 are confident they will get one […]

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Construction industry could lead the way on closing gender pay gap – RICS

    Construction industry could lead the way on closing gender pay gap – RICS

A OnePoll survey commissioned by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) in the UK has found that despite an optimistic outlook about the gender pay gap figures across the construction sector, with nearly half (46%) of construction workers predicting the gap will be less than 15% by April 2018, businesses need to do more […]

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Ministers announce comprehensive review of National Training Fund

    Ministers announce comprehensive review of National Training Fund

The Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton together with the Minister of State for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor and the Minister of State for Training and Skills, John Halligan have announced a comprehensive review of the National Training Fund.
Minister Bruton indicated that today’s announcement is in direct response to the issues raised in […]

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Minister for Jobs receives report on pay in construction sector

    Minister for Jobs receives report on pay in construction sector

The Labour Court has made recommendations to Tánaiste and Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Frances Fitzgerald on new pay rates in the construction sector. It is the first recommendation from the court under a new framework established two years ago to replace the Registered Employment Agreement system that was ruled unconstitutional in 2013.
The court […]

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CIF & SERSF run careers in construction workshop in WIT

    CIF & SERSF run careers in construction workshop in WIT

Despite the levels of construction activity still being relatively low in the south east with a high dependency upon work outside the south east for CIF members in the region, the CIF South East Branch acknowledge the need to promote careers in the construction industry to prevent a skills shortage in the future. Indeed, there […]

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Engineers Ireland – consider a career in engineering

    Engineers Ireland – consider a career in engineering

Engineers Ireland has urged Leaving Cert students to engineer their future and consider a career in engineering. Caroline Spillane, Director General of Engineers Ireland, said: “As we celebrate the achievements of women in engineering on International Women in Engineering Day, we must highlight the critical need for diversity within the profession. Our future engineers will […]

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Top 50 CIF Contractors 2017 announced

    Top 50 CIF Contractors 2017 announced

According to the CIF, its Top 50 Contractors list for 2017 provides us with a unique snapshot of the Irish construction industry. This is an industry that has faced many challenges throughout the last decade, and is once again experiencing growth. The companies featured in the latest issue of Construction Magazine are the elite and […]

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Construction companies join forces to increase levels of apprentices through share scheme

    Construction companies join forces to increase levels of apprentices through share scheme

The number of apprentices entering the Construction industry dropped sharply in recent years. However, new apprentice registrations must rise from 1,700 to 4,000 by 2020 to deliver Ireland’s housing and infrastructure requirements.
In 2016, the CIF launched the Shared Apprenticeship Scheme in conjunction with SOLAS, which enables member companies to form a consortium to take on […]

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Grant Thornton launches new Centre of Excellence

    Grant Thornton launches new Centre of Excellence

Grant Thornton has announced it is to create 250 new jobs across all areas of its business operations in Ireland. A significant number of the new posts will be in its Centre of Excellence, which provides a new framework for the delivery of global compliance and reporting services, from its base in Ireland.
Welcoming the announcement […]

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Atkins signs contracts for Carrigaline Western Relief Road

    Atkins signs contracts for Carrigaline Western Relief Road

Mayor of the County of Cork, Cllr Séamus McGrath, together with representatives of Cork County Council and Atkins have signed contracts in respect of the Carrigaline Western Relief Road. Atkins will provide detail design services for the project from their local office in Cork.
Martin Jennings, Project Director Atkins commented: “Atkins is delighted to be appointed […]

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BAM Ireland signs contract for development of Uninest Mill II

    BAM Ireland signs contract for development of Uninest Mill II

BAM and Global Student Accommodation Group (GSA) have signed a €43 million contract for the construction of Uninest Mill II, an additional residence being built next to GSA’s 400 bed flagship residence, Uninest New Mill, which is opening in September.
The construction of Uninest Mill II in Merchant’s Quay, Dublin, is expected to create approximately 250 […]

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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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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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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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€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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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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Foster + Partners plans redundancies after ‘market uncertainty’

    Foster + Partners plans redundancies after ‘market uncertainty’

Foster + Partners is planning a number of staff redundancies as part of a restructure at the architecture and design practice. According to company sources, “under 100” staff are at risk of redundancy, primarily based at its London HQ in Battersea.
The practice said: “Foster + Partners has grown significantly over the last two years with […]

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Industry needs 112,000 workers up to 2020

    Industry needs 112,000 workers up to 2020

Commenting on the recently announced CSO housing figures, CIF Director General Tom Parlon said the current housing shortage is the result of a decade of underinvestment in the housebuilding sector compounded by an infrastructure deficit and a market failure in finance for homebuilders. “Currently housebuilding, outside Dublin and Cork, cannot attract finance at viable rates […]

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Work on Limerick office development commences

    Work on Limerick office development commences

JJ Rhatigan & Company has just started work on the Gardens International Office Development project in Limerick, the first Limerick Twenty Thirty contract. The 100,000 sq. ft. office development is the first of three major projects that will transform inner city Limerick, creating 1.4 million sq. ft. of prime real estate for various uses. The […]

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Grafton Group to add 170 jobs

    Grafton Group to add 170 jobs

Irish building company Grafton Group has announced it is adding 170 new jobs in Ireland over the next two years as the construction industry in Ireland continues to improve. Grafton owns a number of builder and plumber merchant stores including Chadwicks, Heiton Buckley, Sam Hire, Telfords and Davies. One hundred of the new jobs will […]

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Activity rises at fastest pace in five months

    Activity rises at fastest pace in five months

The Ulster Bank Construction PMI Report (RoI) has found that the rate of expansion remained strong in the Irish construction sector amid reports of improving client demand. New order growth was sharp and only marginally weaker than in February. Constructors responded by raising their own input buying and employment levels. Business confidence remained positive as […]

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Industry set to grow by further 15% – Linesight

    Industry set to grow by further 15% – Linesight

Linesight’s annual Ireland Handbook for 2017 has stated that construction could create up to 80,000 new jobs if it were to grow to full capacity. The Handbook also shows that the building industry grew by 18% in 2016 and is set to grow by a further 15% this year.
According to the firm, commercial building in […]

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€300m Astra Construction housing development kicks off in Cork

    €300m Astra Construction housing development kicks off in Cork

Work on a new housing development worth €300 million in Carrigaline, Co. Cork has begun. Astra Construction Services are building 800 homes on the 100-acre site, situated on the Cork road before Carrigaline town. One of the most significant developments in the county, Janeville will comprise 3, 4 and 5 bedroom, BER A rated, detached […]

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DIT creates new programme for apprenticeships

    DIT creates new programme for apprenticeships

A pilot programme in Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT), supported by J.P. Morgan and ESB, aims to prepare young people from Dublin’s inner city communities to access apprenticeship positions. The programme will build on the specific expertise and track record of DIT in the delivery of skills education and in supporting young people into third […]

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Five storey office building planned for Cork city

    Five storey office building planned for Cork city

Over 450 jobs will be created with the construction a new office block in Cork city’s South Mall. The state-of-the-art, five floor offices are scheduled for completion in summer 2018 with work set to begin immediately, subject to planning permission. Cork-based property development company JCD Group has lodged a planning application for a €25 million […]

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Amarenco to invest €56m in Munster solar farms

    Amarenco to invest €56m in Munster solar farms

Renewable energy firm Amarenco Solar has received planning permission for a 5MW solar farm in Cork. The farm, which has been given the go-ahead by Cork County Council, brings to eight the number of facilities for which Amarenco has been granted permission. Each farm will see an investment of €7 million, for a total of […]

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Clerys redevelopment to provide ‘new focus and heartbeat’ to O’Connell Street

    Clerys redevelopment to provide ‘new focus and heartbeat’ to O’Connell Street

The redevelopment of Clerys department store on Dublin’s O’Connell Street will provide a “new focus and heartbeat” to the city centre, a planning hearing has heard.
Architect Rory Murphy from Henry J Lyons said development of the existing building would “reactivate” Earl Place and other under-used streets just off the capital’s main thoroughfare. The proposed development […]

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BAM Ireland secures Bolands Quay contract

    BAM Ireland secures Bolands Quay contract

The Bolands Quay Development Group – a collaboration between property consultants Mark Reynolds & Glenn Cran of Savills Ireland and Cleary McCabe – has announced that BAM Ireland has been selected as the preferred bidder for the construction of the Bolands Quay Development (formerly Boland’s Mill) in Dublin’s south docklands.
Following an extensive tendering process, the […]

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Belfast’s Crumlin Road Courthouse to be transformed into hotel

    Belfast’s Crumlin Road Courthouse to be transformed into hotel

The location for paramilitary trials during the Troubles, the Crumlin Road Courthouse in Belfast is to be transformed into a luxury hotel. Liverpool-based hotelier and developer Lawrence Kenwright said he has acquired the derelict courthouse and intends to spend £25 million (€28.5 million) restoring the listed building.
Details of the plans were announced at the Belfast […]

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Builders in UK plan for shortage of skilled labour post-Brexit

    Builders in UK plan for shortage of skilled labour post-Brexit

According to a report by Reuters, many of the UK’s leading housebuilders are planning or considering new developments of prefabricated homes in response to the prospect of Brexit cutting off supply of EU workers into Britain. The UK construction sector relies heavily on European carpenters, joiners and bricklayers. Approximately 12% of its 2.1 million construction […]

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Housing and commercial activity grow – PMI

    Housing and commercial activity grow – PMI

Activity in the construction sector rose sharply last month, according to the latest Purchasing Managers Index from Ulster Bank. Ulster Bank’s Construction PMI for February stood at 57.9, up from 55.7 in January and well above the 50 mark that separates growth from contraction. Housing activity saw the strongest pace of growth in February, with […]

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CIF celebrates International Women’s Day

    CIF celebrates International Women’s Day

Over 100 men and women attended the Construction Industry Federation’s (CIF) recently-held breakfast briefing on Increasing Female Participation in Construction. CIF Director of Industrial Relations, Jean Winters said: “The Construction industry is a very male dominated industry. We have about 136,000 people in the sector and just 8% of these are women. Unfortunately we don’t […]

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More Than One Third of Construction Companies Report Recruitment Difficulties

    More Than One Third of Construction Companies Report Recruitment Difficulties

The September – December 2016 InterTradeIreland Business Monitor Report, issued on Monday, shows that 37 percent of construction companies surveyed reported difficulties recruiting skilled labour, with 33 per cent citing a lack of appropriate skills in their current workforce.
“We are seeing a resilient, sustained recovery and notable symmetry in challenges faced by firms both North and […]

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January Sees “Near-Record” Rise in Construction Employment

    January Sees “Near-Record” Rise in Construction Employment

Activity in the Irish construction sector rose sharply in January on the back of higher new orders, according to the Ulster Bank Construction PMI Report, released on Monday. The survey highlighted a near-record rise in employment as companies responded to greater workloads.
The rate of input cost inflation quickened to the sharpest since February 2007 according […]

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€20 Million Office Development Launched in Cork City

    €20 Million Office Development Launched in Cork City

A €20 million office development at Camden Place will provide 150 construction jobs with up to 500 jobs coming on-stream in Cork city centre on completion, the Cork Chamber of Commerce announced on Thursday. Demolition will commence in February, with work on the 65,000 square foot of lettable floor space expected to take 12 months.
Award-winning […]

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Construction Activity Continues to Rise for 40th Month in a Row

    Construction Activity Continues to Rise for 40th Month in a Row

The Ulster bank Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) for December, released on Monday, showed that activity in the construction sector constinued to rise until the end of 2016. The report gave December a 58.9 in December, down from 59.8 in November. For the PMI index, any reading above 50 represent a growth over the previous month.
Rates […]

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Construction Industry to Experience Most Positive Outlook in a Decade

    Construction Industry to Experience Most Positive Outlook in a Decade

The economy is growing at a solid pace, and the quantity and quality of buildings and infrastructure delivered by the construction industry will play an important role in that economic recovery according to a recent CIF Report on Construction Skills and Prospects to 2020. The report says that there is a significant challenge the industry […]

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Construction Industry Set to Grow by 9% Annually up to 2020

    Construction Industry Set to Grow by 9% Annually up to 2020

The Construction Industry Federation (CIF) launched a career website on Monday in the wake of a report that construction activity can sustain an additional 112,000 jobs up to 2020 with an estimated €17.8billion worth of projects in the pipeline in 2017.
The DKM economic consultants report, Demand for Skills in Construction to 2020, indicated that the […]

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Ulster Bank Construction PMI Shows Sharp Rise in Employment

    Ulster Bank Construction PMI Shows Sharp Rise in Employment

Irish construction firms continued to record strong activity growth during November, supported by a further sharp increase in new orders, according to the Ulster Bank Construction PMI released on Monday.
Rising workloads encouraged companies to up their rate of job creation and increase purchasing activity. Meanwhile, there were further signs of intensifying price pressures. The Ulster […]

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€10 Million Expansion to Warmth & Wellbeing Scheme

    €10 Million Expansion to Warmth & Wellbeing Scheme

The Warmth & Wellbeing pilot scheme, which provides energy free efficiency upgrades to homes in some areas of Dublin, will be expanded next year, Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment Denis Naughten announced on Thursday. The scheme, which covers people over 55 in Dublin 12 and 24 who have respiratory conditions and are in […]

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Sligo East City Regeneration Project Launched in Cranmore

    Sligo East City Regeneration Project Launched in Cranmore

The Sligo East City, Cranmore and Environs Regeneration Project was launched at a showcase community event in Cranmore, Sligo on Thursday, December 1.
The Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government has supported a regeneration programme in Sligo for the last number of years and has invested over €23 million so far in providing renewed […]

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Retail Property Rents Predicted to Grow 7-10% Over Next Two Years

    Retail Property Rents Predicted to Grow 7-10% Over Next Two Years

Retail property rents are expected to see increases of between 7 and 10 percent over the next 2 year,s according to a new report released by property consultants, Savills Ireland, on Friday December, 2.
“Rents in some prime shopping locations have already risen by more than a third over the last three years,“ Director of Research […]

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€15.5 Million Wind Farm Opened In Co. Antrim

    €15.5 Million Wind Farm Opened In Co. Antrim

Gaelectric officially opened its £13.4 million (€15.5 Million) wind farm on Thursday, November 17, at Cloonty in Co. Antrim. The 9.2MW wind farm is located on the Castlecat Road between Derrykeighan and Bushmills.
Cloonty is renewable energy and energy storage group Gaelectric’s fouth operating wind farm in Northern Ireland. The Company has 184MW of operating wind […]

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Upgrade to Dublin Airport Runway to Create 150 Jobs

    Upgrade to Dublin Airport Runway to Create 150 Jobs

An 18-month upgrade of Dublin Airport’s main runway is expected to create 150 jobs.
Construction on the runway is expected to start on the night of Monday, November 14, and to continue for 18 months. As the work requires the runway to completely close, construction is planned to take place between 11 pm and 5 am […]

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Ballymore launches new “Dublin Landings” docklands development

    Ballymore launches new “Dublin Landings” docklands development

Private property group Ballymore has officially launched its new docklands development, Dublin Landings, at an event at the CHQ Building IFSC on Custom House Quay this morning.
Dublin Landings is set to be a 1 million square foot mixed-use development on North Wall Quay. Five new buildings are set to be delivered by 2020, with 700,000 […]

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Center Parcs €233 million investment to 750 construction jobs in Longford

    Center Parcs €233 million investment to 750 construction jobs in Longford

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Mary Mitchell O’Connor believes that the small town of Ballymahon in Co Longford is set to be the focal point as the midlands undergoes a “transformative economic impact” with the Center Parcs €233 million investment.
An update on the massive project was provided at a special community reception in Ballymahon, […]

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Less than 1% of apprentices on state schemes in Ireland are women

    Less than 1% of apprentices on state schemes in Ireland are women

The government is facing sharp criticism after figures released by Solas revealed that only 52 of the 9,587 state apprenticeships so far this year are occupied by women.
The further education and training authority also released a breakdown of apprenticeships by sector. Of the 2,093 existing apprentices in the construction sector, only seven are female. In […]

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Construction Workers Skills Register Debuts for Better Building Standards

A Construction Workers Skills Register (CWSR) was introduced to grant construction and craft workers to register their skills and display their ongoing undetaking to the ongoing learning in their careers.

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