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  • Dublin City Council Approves First Climate Change Action Plan Dublin City Council’s elected members have approved the Climate Change Action Plan 2019-2024. Climate change poses significant risks and challenges to the Dublin region. In response to this, each of the four Dublin Local Authorities have worked with Codema – Dublin’s Energy Agency and the Dublin Metropolitan Climate Action Regional Office (CARO) in developing individual [...]...
  • 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 a recent event in Dublin. AHBs are not-for-profit organisations that have a social purpose to provide for people’s housing needs by working in close co-operation [...]...
  • International Hospitality Operator Commits to Iconic Central Plaza Development Hines and Peterson Group, the developer of Central Plaza, the visionary mixed-use development currently underway in former Central Bank offices on College Green and Dame Street in Dublin, has selected an operator for the newly created rooftop destination at Central Plaza. The iconic One Central Plaza is the main building within the city centre development [...]...
  • €700,000 Peer to Peer Finance Raised in Just 5 Days For Waterford Housing Development Propertybridges.com, Ireland’s peer to peer lender to the property development marketplace, has filled its biggest loan so far – €700,000 to facilitate the build of two new housing development projects in County Waterford. PropertyBridges.com has the backing of its ever growing community of lenders (now over 1,500 and growing every day) who see the benefits of [...]...
  • Builders Merchants Urged to Enter New Style Octabuild Excellence Awards Builders merchants are being urged to enter the Octabuild Builders Merchant Excellence Awards 2019 by going online now to www.octabuildawards.ie. The Octabuild Awards, which have been acknowledging the best in the builders merchant trade for 35 years, have been revamped for 2019 with a number of progressive changes that take account of key developments in the [...]...

RIAI Publishes BIM Pack to Support Digitalisation of Construction Industry

  RIAI Publishes BIM Pack to Support Digitalisation of Construction Industry

Significant advances in information technology are driving substantial change in the construction industry. Building Information Modelling (BIM) involves the digitalisation of the construction industry through a combination of technology and standardisation and uses the digitalisation of physical and functional characteristics of places. To support this change the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland (RIAI) […]

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Pioneering Vienna Model of Public Housing Exhibits Across Dublin

  Pioneering Vienna Model of Public Housing Exhibits Across Dublin

The pioneering Vienna Model of Housing will be showcased in a month long exhibition running from Monday 1st to Thursday 25th April and hosted across three Dublin venues: CHQ inDublin’s Docklands, The Rediscovery Centre in Ballymun and Richmond Barracks, Inchicore.
A number of seminars and events have been organised to run alongside the exhibition to introduce a wider debate on […]

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Cork Airport Opens New Airport Control Centre and Office Facilities

  Cork Airport Opens New Airport Control Centre and Office Facilities

Cork Airport, Ireland’s fastest growing and most punctual airport, has opened a new Airport Control Centre (ACC) and purpose-built office suite following a further significant investment in the airport by daa. The two new facilities were officially opened by An Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs & Trade, Simon Coveney TD (pictured right).
Managing Director at […]

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CNP Santander Insurance Invests €3.5 Million in Dublin Expansion

  CNP Santander Insurance Invests €3.5 Million in Dublin Expansion

CNP Santander Insurance, the Irish-based insurance company that designs and manages insurance products for distribution in more than 10 European countries, has announced that it has invested €3.5 million in its Dublin expansion following significant growth over the last three years.
Since 2015, CNP Santander Insurance – which is a joint venture between Santander, one of […]

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Construction to Start For First Stage of National Social Housing Programme

  Construction to Start For First Stage of National Social Housing Programme

534 new homes will be built in Dublin, Louth, Wicklow and Kildare in the first phase of Ireland’s first social housing Public-Private Partnership following agreement for €120 million of new investment. Half of the 25 year financing for the first stage of the scheme will be provided by the European Investment Bank, alongside backing from the […]

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CSO House Prices – Young People Forced to Miss Normal Financial Milestones

  CSO House Prices – Young People Forced to Miss Normal Financial Milestones

Responding to the CSO Residential Property Price Index for January showing yet further slowing in the rate of house price increases, Brokers Ireland said while the overall slowing is to be welcomed, the fact that there was a paltry increase of just 0.4pc in the number of dwellings purchased in January compared with January 2018 […]

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An Overview of the Irish Construction Pipeline

  An Overview of the Irish Construction Pipeline

A traditional barometer of the construction industry environment in Ireland is the number of cranes punctuating the Dublin skyline. “The crane count in Dublin reached a record 123 in March 2019 – the fifth consecutive month when the survey recorded a new high,” pointed out Tom Moloney, Managing Director of CIS (Construction Information Services), when […]

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Construction Companies Turning Again to Apprentices to Build the Future

  Construction Companies Turning Again to Apprentices to Build the Future

Construction companies are eager to hire apprentices again after the decade decline in apprenticeship registrations has been arrested. A Construction Industry Federation (CIF) survey has found unanimous support for apprenticeships, however 73% of construction companies feel that they are not able to hire an apprentice.
According to a survey carried out by the Construction Industry Federation, 23% of […]

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€31 Million Project Secured For Floating Wind Project Off the West Coast

  €31 Million Project Secured For Floating Wind Project Off the West Coast

A €31 million project has been approved for an ambitious four-year floating offshore wind project. Subject to consenting, it is planned  that a full-scale floating wind turbine be deployed for testing off the west coast of Ireland at a Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) test site near Belmullet, County Mayo, by 2022. The project is […]

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New Opportunities For Construction Companies as Dublin Airport Invests Over €1 Billion in Capacity Expansion

  New Opportunities For Construction Companies as Dublin Airport Invests Over €1 Billion in Capacity Expansion

Having welcomed 31.5 million passengers during 2018 – a new record – Dublin Airport is currently being expanded to ultimately cater for more than 20 million additional passengers.
“We are building an airport to accommodate 55 million passengers a year,” pointed out Brian Collier (pictured above), Head of Construction Procurement at daa (Dublin Airport Authority), when […]

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OPW Prepared For No Deal Brexit

  OPW Prepared For No Deal Brexit

“If there is a ‘crash-out’, we will be ready. We are working 24/7,” said Maurice Buckley (pictured), Chairman of the Office of Public Works (OPW) and Vice President of Engineers Ireland, about preparations for installing infrastructure at ports and airports in the event of a ‘no deal Brexit’. “Eighteen separate construction projects are now underway […]

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Irish Builders Face Cost Hikes in UK Materials

  Irish Builders Face Cost Hikes in UK Materials

The vast majority of building materials used in the Irish construction sector are either sourced in the UK or enter Ireland through international distributors in Britain and represent a major risk for the industry, according to executives at the recent National Construction Summit in Citywest, Dublin – writes John Whelan (pictured above).
And a huge majority of […]

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BPFI Figures Point to a Growing Lost Generation

  BPFI Figures Point to a Growing Lost Generation

Commenting on the latest Banking and Payments Federation Ireland Housing Market Monitor, Brokers Ireland said it reinforces what is known from several other sources – that major behavioural change is being forced upon what should be the normal house buying public, particularly  aspiring first-time buyers on average salaries.
Rachel McGovern, Director of Financial Services at the […]

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€13.7 Million Capital Investment For IT Sligo Under Project Ireland 2040

  €13.7 Million Capital Investment For IT Sligo Under Project Ireland 2040

IT Sligo has been successful in its application of funding for the development and upgrade of the K&L Block on the north campus. The €13.7 million capital investment will be provided through the Higher Education Authority. This funding will facilitate the consolidation on campus of the recently established Yeats Academy of Arts, Design and Architecture and […]

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National Construction Summit – This Thursday, 14th March 2019 – Citywest Exhibition Centre, Dublin

  National Construction Summit – This Thursday, 14th March 2019 – Citywest Exhibition Centre, Dublin

There is still time left to register to attend the fifth National Construction Summit, which will be held on Thursday, 14th March 2019 at the Citywest Exhibition Centre in Dublin.
The staging of the National Construction Summit is timely with construction industry output in the Republic of Ireland predicted to expand by 20% to €24 billion […]

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Fingal County Council Launches Paint and Shop Front Improvement Scheme For Rush

  Fingal County Council Launches Paint and Shop Front Improvement Scheme For Rush

Grants of up to €4,000 are being made available to shops and businesses on Rush Main Street under Fingal County Council’s new Paint and Shop Front Improvement Scheme which is now open to applications. The scheme part-funds the revamp and restoration of the front of business premises, including painting, replacement of windows, signage and repair […]

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Chronic Under-investment in Regional Infrastructure Placing Economic Growth at Risk

  Chronic Under-investment in Regional Infrastructure Placing Economic Growth at Risk

Over 300 delegates attended the recent Ireland Chapter of Project Management Institute’s (PMI) sold-out annual national conference in Cork. The conference, with headline sponsor EY, heard that strategic project management of regional infrastructure is vital to ensure stabilisation and future growth of the Irish economy.
Speaking at the conference, which was held for the first time […]

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€10 Million Redevelopment Planned For Guinness Enterprise Centre in Dublin

  €10 Million Redevelopment Planned For Guinness Enterprise Centre in Dublin

The Guinness Enterprise Centre has unveiled an ambitious development plan for its landmark building on Taylor’s Lane in Dublin 8. Planning permission for the €10 million redevelopment and expansion has been lodged with Dublin City Council.
The Guinness Enterprise Centre (GEC) opened for business in 2000 with the ambition of providing the environment and all the […]

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Chadwicks Unveils Newly Refurbished Navan Branch

  Chadwicks Unveils Newly Refurbished Navan Branch

Chadwicks, Ireland’s leading supplier of builders’ and plumbers’ material to both trade and DIY customers, has officially unveiled its newly refurbished branch in Navan, County Meath. Established in 1902, Chadwicks which is part of Grafton Merchanting ROI, has long been known as the ‘home of building materials’ in Ireland supplying doors and floors, insulation, energy saving products, plumbing […]

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Progress on Tuath’s Social Housing Development in Dundalk

  Progress on Tuath’s Social Housing Development in Dundalk

Dundoogan, Haynestown is a planned 1100 home development, 112 of which Tuath Housing is acquiring for social housing in collaboration with the Department of Housing, Louth County Council and developer, Cannon Kirk Ltd. The first phase of 26 homes are due to be handed over this month with the remaining 86 homes ready for occupation […]

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Another Year of Record Profit Delivery For CRH

  Another Year of Record Profit Delivery For CRH

CRH plc, the global building materials group, has reported sales of €26.8 billion for 2018 – 6% ahead of 2017 – with EBITDA up 7% to €3.37 billion. Group like-for-like sales were ahead 3% in 2018 with 2% growth in Europe, 4% in the Americas and 8% in Asia. Like-for-like group EBITDA rose by 3%, […]

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Hardware Sector Delivers Revenue Rise of 8.7% in 2018

  Hardware Sector Delivers Revenue Rise of 8.7% in 2018

Members of Hardware Association Ireland, the national representative body for over 370 hardware and DIY retailers, builders merchants, and manufacturers and distributors across Ireland, have reported average year-on-year revenue increases of 8.7% for 2018. This follows a 9% increase in Q4, compared to the same period in 2017.
In what was a standout year for the […]

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Work Commences on Sligo N4 Dual Carriageway

  Work Commences on Sligo N4 Dual Carriageway

Limerick civil engineering company Roadbridge is gearing up to begin work on the N4 Collooney to Castlebaldwin construction project. The contract was won in the latter months of last year. The extensive €150 million development scheme, which is expected to last for a period of two years, will open up in excess of 100 jobs during […]

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Kingspan Delivers Record Revenue and Earnings

  Kingspan Delivers Record Revenue and Earnings

Kingspan, the global leader in high performance insulation and building envelope solutions, has reported its preliminary results for the year ended 31 December 2018. During 2018 Kingspan generated record revenues of almost €4.4 billion, and EBITDA exceeded €500 million for the first time. Trading profit reached €445 million, ahead by 18% over prior year, and […]

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McAleer & Rushe Secures Planning Permission For £85 Million UK Developments

  McAleer & Rushe Secures Planning Permission For £85 Million UK Developments

Northern Ireland-based developer and contractor McAleer & Rushe has just secured planning permission to develop two multi-million-pound hotels located in Birmingham and Glasgow city centre, representing an investment of c. £85 million. Combined, the two hotels will deliver a total of 630 bedrooms and will be operated by Ireland’s largest hotel operator, Dalata Hotel Group, […]

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Property Market Grows 8% – Almost Half of Homes Bought With Cash

  Property Market Grows 8% – Almost Half of Homes Bought With Cash

The latest quarterly Consumer Market Monitor (CMM), published by the Marketing Institute of Ireland and UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School, shows slow but steady growth in Ireland’s residential property market, with 55,000 homes purchased in 2018, an increase of just 8% on the previous year. Excluding mortgages from the 2018 figures, there were almost 25,000 […]

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Mercedes-Benz to Exhibit at National Construction Summit

  Mercedes-Benz to Exhibit at National Construction Summit

Mercedes-Benz commercial vehicles division will be amongst the leading exhibitors attending the forthcoming 5th Annual National Construction Summit, taking place at Citywest, Dublin on March 14th next. Coupled with a manned trade stand, models showing from its light commercial vehicle range will be the popular mid-sized Vito van and X-Class pickup – a unit designed […]

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National Construction Summit -Thursday 14th March 2019 – Citywest Exhibition Centre, Dublin

  National Construction Summit -Thursday 14th March 2019 – Citywest Exhibition Centre, Dublin

The fifth National Construction Summit will be held on Thursday, 14th March 2019 at the Citywest Exhibition Centre in Dublin.
Incorporating a number of complementary events and an extensive array of seminars, workshops and exhibition stands, showcasing the latest products, services and technology for the construction, engineering, sustainable building, maintenance and architectural sectors, the 2019 National […]

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Komatsu WA100M Loader Hits Ireland

  Komatsu WA100M Loader Hits Ireland

Komatsu’s latest version of the WA100M Dash 8 compact wheel loader has gone on sale in Ireland. Described by distributor McHale Plant Sales director, John O’Brien as “one of the most reliable and versatile machines out there,” the WA100M is being pitched at construction, farm contractors, bulk materials and waste processors.
The 94hp EU Stage IV unit […]

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Planning Approval For North South Interconnector

  Planning Approval For North South Interconnector

EirGrid has welcomed the decision by the Supreme Court to uphold planning approval for the southern section of the North South Interconnector. Planning approval for the project was granted by An Bord Pleanála in December 2016.
This was subsequently made the subject of judicial review proceedings in the High Court. The proceedings were dismissed by the High […]

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