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Continuation of Help-to-Buy Scheme in Budget 2020 Welcomed

    Continuation of Help-to-Buy Scheme in Budget 2020 Welcomed

The continuation of the Help-to-Buy Scheme in the 2020 Budget has been welcomed by Property Industry Ireland, Brokers Ireland, EY Ireland and the Institute of Professional Auctioneers & Valuers. Reacting

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Extension of the Help to Buy Scheme Key to Solving Housing Crisis

    Extension of the Help to Buy Scheme Key to Solving Housing Crisis

CIF is calling for an extension of the Help to Buy scheme as a top priority in their recent Pre-Budget 2020 Submission. Many house builders have reported that between 40%

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Examination into Terms and Conditions of Employment in the Mechanical Engineering Building Services Contracting Sector

    Examination into Terms and Conditions of Employment in the Mechanical Engineering Building Services Contracting Sector

Following receipt of a request from two Trade Unions pursuant to Section 14 of the Industrial Relations (Amendment) Act 2015 the Labour Court has given public notice of its intention to conduct

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RIAI Priorities For Budget 2020 Include Housing, Environment and Better Use of Public Funds

    RIAI Priorities For Budget 2020 Include Housing, Environment and Better Use of Public Funds

The Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland has called upon the Government to use Budget 2020 to address serious social issues including the on-going housing crisis, Ireland’s response to

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BSI Establishes New Framework For Installation of Energy Efficiency Measures in Existing Dwellings

    BSI Establishes New Framework For Installation of Energy Efficiency Measures in Existing Dwellings

Introducing energy efficiency measures into buildings brings benefits and savings, namely the reduction in energy bills and carbon emissions resulting from e.g. better insulation, windows, or a more efficient gas

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Green Legislation and Skills Shortage Driving Up Construction Prices

    Green Legislation and Skills Shortage Driving Up Construction Prices

The cost of commercial property construction in Ireland is expected to increase this year due to a number of factors including new green building legislation and demand for energy-saving options

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Extend the Strategic Housing Development Scheme – Ibec

    Extend the Strategic Housing Development Scheme – Ibec

Ibec, the group that represents Irish business, has called for the extension of the Strategic Housing Development scheme. Aidan Sweeney, Ibec Senior Public Sector and Regulatory Executive, said: “Housing is a critical part

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BSI Framework For Engaging Infrastructure Stakeholders

    BSI Framework For Engaging Infrastructure Stakeholders

One of the most significant limitations to economic growth and achievement of development goals in any country, city or area is the shortcoming of its infrastructure; the fundamental facilities and

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Level of New Dwellings Transacted is “Paltry”

    Level of New Dwellings Transacted is “Paltry”

Responding to the CSO Residential Property Price Index for April, Brokers Ireland said the low level of new dwellings being transacted is “paltry” – just 18.2pc of all transactions, marking

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Falsework – New BSI Guidance For All Aspects of Temporary Works in Construction

    Falsework – New BSI Guidance For All Aspects of Temporary Works in Construction

Construction can be a hazardous industry adopting a wide range of activities and personnel, involved in the building, alteration and/or repair of buildings or infrastructure. Construction sites and the methods

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Funding and Regulatory Obstacles Frustrating Delivery of Social and Affordable Housing

    Funding and Regulatory Obstacles Frustrating Delivery of Social and Affordable Housing

The Housing Alliance, a collaboration of six of Ireland’s largest Approved Housing Bodies (AHBs), has launched its new campaign, ‘More Social and Affordable Homes’, and met with members of the Oireachtas at

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Construction Contractors in Southern Region Join Forces to Kickstart Apprenticeship Uptake

    Construction Contractors in Southern Region Join Forces to Kickstart Apprenticeship Uptake

Construction companies throughout the south gathered at a briefing in Cork recently to learn more about how they can join forces to increase the amount of young people entering apprenticeships

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New Placemaking Fund Launched to Enhance Cork City Centre

    New Placemaking Fund Launched to Enhance Cork City Centre

Street art, greening projects, parklets, creative seating, atmospheric lighting and new unique events are just some of the projects which could be supported under Cork City Council’s new City Centre

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ISME Expresses Concern With Lowest Price Bid Tendering

    ISME Expresses Concern With Lowest Price Bid Tendering

Following the award of school building contracts to Western Building Services after fire defects had been identified, ISME, the Irish SME association, has expressed concern with how public works contracts are granted to

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Essential Learning Series Roadshow From Kilsaran International

    Essential Learning Series Roadshow From Kilsaran International

Kilsaran International are taking the hugely successful Essential Learning Series suite of technical seminars to the road with events to be held at the Aviva Stadium on September 25th and

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€3.7 Million Drawn Down as Rebuilding Ireland Home Loan Proves Popular in Fingal

    €3.7 Million Drawn Down as Rebuilding Ireland Home Loan Proves Popular in Fingal

Fingal County Council has received the highest amount of applications among the 31 Local Authorities for the Rebuilding Ireland Home Loan and has overseen a draw down of over €3.7

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CIF Budget Submission For the Delivery of Essential Housing and Infrastructure

    CIF Budget Submission For the Delivery of Essential Housing and Infrastructure

According to the Construction Industry Federation (CIF), the forthcoming Budget is an opportunity to remove a number of blockages in delivery of essential housing and infrastructure. The CIF has stated

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Saint-Gobain Launches Nearly Zero Energy Building (nZEB) Training Courses For Irish Construction Professionals

    Saint-Gobain Launches Nearly Zero Energy Building (nZEB) Training Courses For Irish Construction Professionals

The Saint-Gobain Ireland Technical Academy has announced that it is adding to its existing training portfolio by launching a series of nZEB modular courses. Starting this July, these innovative nZEB courses

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NSAI Launch New Health and Safety International Standard ISO 45001 in Conjunction With Collen Construction

    NSAI Launch New Health and Safety International Standard ISO 45001 in Conjunction With Collen Construction

The world’s first occupational health and safety international standard, ISO 45001, has been published. ISO 45001 will give organisations an internationally recognised occupational health and safety standard to follow. This standard

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National Asset Management Agency Did Not Breach EU Rules

    National Asset Management Agency Did Not Breach EU Rules

Following a complaint, the European Commission has assessed whether the Irish National Asset Management Agency (NAMA) has benefited from illegal State aid and whether it granted undue advantages to certain

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Record Investment in Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy in 2017

    Record Investment in Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy in 2017

The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) has published its annual results for 2017. It shows a record €105 million government investment in energy efficiency and renewable energy, allocated through

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Rebuilding Ireland Home Loan Introduced

    Rebuilding Ireland Home Loan Introduced

The Rebuilding Ireland Home Loan, a new Government-backed mortgage for first-time buyers, will be available nationwide from local authorities from Thursday, 1 February 2018. The loan can be used both

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House Prices – More Onerous Rules For Non First-time-buyers Exacerbating Supply Issue

    House Prices – More Onerous Rules For Non First-time-buyers Exacerbating Supply Issue

The very slight moderation in house price inflation in the latest CSO house price data – from 11.6pc in the year to October to 11.3pc in November in Dublin and

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Residential Property Prices Rise by 11.6% in the Year to November

    Residential Property Prices Rise by 11.6% in the Year to November

In the year to November, residential property prices at national level increased by 11.6%, according to the CSO’s Residential Property

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Planning Regulations and Planning Process Delays Impacting on Irish Commercial Real Estate Sector

    Planning Regulations and Planning Process Delays Impacting on Irish Commercial Real Estate Sector

The latest Commercial Real Estate (CRE) Sentiment Tracker from Origin Capital, completed by 180 industry professionals, identified industry concerns about

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Review Confirms Core Elements of Mortgage Measures Remain Unchanged

    Review Confirms Core Elements of Mortgage Measures Remain Unchanged

The outcome of the annual review of the residential mortgage measures has been published by the Central Bank of Ireland.

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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

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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

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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

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New taskforce to review fire safety in Ireland

    New taskforce to review fire safety in Ireland

According to reports, Dublin Fire Brigade’s Chief Fire Officer Patrick Fleming has said more resources are needed to help local

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Minister Coveney to put CIRI on statutory footing within weeks

    Minister Coveney to put CIRI on statutory footing within weeks

Minister Simon Coveney has reaffirmed his commitment to see the Construction Industry Register Ireland (CIRI) put on a statutory footing

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Climate change plan says EU targets will be missed

    Climate change plan says EU targets will be missed

Five years after it was due, the Government this week published a National Mitigation Plan on climate change, outlining how

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No planning required to change commercial buildings to housing

    No planning required to change commercial buildings to housing

Under new regulations being drafted by the Department of Housing, owners of empty commercial buildings will be able to convert

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Coveney announces €32 Million for Repair and Leasing Scheme

    Coveney announces €32 Million for Repair and Leasing Scheme

The Minister for Housing, Planning, Community & Local Government Simon Coveney announced on Thursday that the pilot scheme that targets

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Construction Industry Federation Elects Dominic Doheny as New President

    Construction Industry Federation Elects Dominic Doheny as New President

New Construction Industry Federation (CIF) President Dominic Doheny called on the Government to work with the construction industry to deliver

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Government Plans to Double Annual Residential Construction to 25,000 Homes by 2021

    Government Plans to Double Annual Residential Construction to 25,000 Homes by 2021

The Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government on Friday released their statement of strategy, in which they outlined plans

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Nine Fatal Construction Accidents in 2016

    Nine Fatal Construction Accidents in 2016

There were 44 people killed in workplaces in 2016, representing a 21% reduction of the 56 reported in 2015, according

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House Price Inflation May Hit Double-Digit Levels in 2017

    House Price Inflation May Hit Double-Digit Levels in 2017

Irish house price inflation is set to accelerate in 2017, potentially reaching double-digit levels, according to the MyHome.ie property report

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Planning Permissions Granted for Apartments Increase by 304.5%

    Planning Permissions Granted for Apartments Increase by 304.5%

The number of apartment dwelling units granted planning permission in the third quarter of 2016 rose to 1,452, up from

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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

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Property Services Regulatory Authority Members Appointed

    Property Services Regulatory Authority Members Appointed

Tánaiste and Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald appointed six members of the Property Services Regulatory Authority, the Department of Justice

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25% of Homes That Qualify for the First-Time Buyers Scheme Located In Dublin

    25% of Homes That Qualify for the First-Time Buyers Scheme Located In Dublin

Research conducted by Daft.ie has found that 25% of available projects that qualify for the first-time buyers scheme are located

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Daft.ie Rent Report Blames ‘Systemic Failure’ for Lack of Construction

    Daft.ie Rent Report Blames ‘Systemic Failure’ for Lack of Construction

The Daft.ie Rental Report for the third quarter of 2016, released on Tuesday, November 8, called the lack of residential

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Up to 75,000 construction jobs could be added by 2020 as part of “Rebuilding Ireland” initiative

    Up to 75,000 construction jobs could be added by 2020 as part of “Rebuilding Ireland” initiative

Delegates at the Construction Industry Federation’s (CIF) annual conference at Croke Park have heard how the construction industry will play

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New homes supply significantly lower than official figures suggest, claims expert

    New homes supply significantly lower than official figures suggest, claims expert

A leading housing academic has claimed that the supply of new homes in Ireland may up to 75% less than

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Construction Contracts Act Becomes Law

During an event presented by the Construction Industry Federation (CIF) at Leinster House, Louth Senator Ged Nash and former Dublin Senator Fergal Quinn have spoke to representatives from Ireland’s top construction firms.

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Code of Practice – Construction Contracts Act, 2013

The Minister for Employment and Small Business, Mr. Pat Breen T.D., has just published a Code of Practice governing the conduct

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Cross-sector group to discuss how to improve the quality of the Irish existing housing stock

A cross sectoral group of organisations from government, local authorities, industry and charities met to develop a strategy to improve

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Announcing the National Construction Summit 2016, Taking Place in the RDS, Dublin on June 15th

Building on last year’s highly successful event, The National Construction Summit 2016 will be, once again, the largest and most

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CIF welcomes the Construction Contracts Act

The Director General of the Construction Industry Federation (CIF), Tom Parlon, has welcomed the signing of the Construction Contracts Act

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Minister authorizes Greater Dublin Area Transport Strategy 2016 – 2035

The National Transport Authority has just advised that its work in preparing a Transport Strategy for the Greater Dublin Area

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Builders push case for easing security rule

‘Restrictions are not helping the housing market’ tells Construction Industry Federation to Central Bank To rest its mortgage lending rules for

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After court enactment Irish consumers face insurance rises

After a European Court of Justice ruling, consumers face another growth in premiums for home and motor insurance. The court ruled

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Trinity College has been given a green light to proceed with the development of a €52m student accommodation project Pearse Street in Dublin.

    Trinity College has been given a green light to proceed with the development of a €52m student accommodation project Pearse Street in Dublin.

The scheme intends to demolish the five-storey Oisin House, which is adjacent to Trinity, and the construction of a seven-storey,

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New Generation planning €250m docklands project

    New Generation planning €250m docklands project

New Generation Homes, the developer led by Greg Kavanagh and Pat Crean, will seek permission for a €250 million office

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CIF wants a Minister for Infrastructure and Construction

    CIF wants a Minister for Infrastructure and Construction

As the date for General Election 2016 is announced for Friday 26th February, the CIF (Construction Industry Federation) is calling

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Mortgage rules will slow house building, say developers

    Mortgage rules will slow house building, say developers

The results show that there is clearly a need for a sensible adjustment of the Central Bank mortgage rules as

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New measures to give boost to housing construction announced

    New measures to give boost to housing construction announced

Minister for the Environment, Community & Local Government, Alan Kelly T.D., and the Minister for Finance Michael Noonan, T.D., yesterday

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