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  • Tech Companies Continue to Dominate Dublin City Centre Prime Office Market International tech companies continued to dominate the capital’s commercial office market in 2017 and are expected to do so again this year. Analysis from the Lisney report, Lisney 2018, ‘Our View’ highlights the impact these large and rapidly expanding companies are having on the market. Facebook and Google alone are on track to occupy 4% of all [...]...
  • PM Group Acquires UK Specialist Engineering Firm PM Group has announced the acquisition of PROjEN, a 100-person multi-disciplinary engineering firm based in the UK, with offices near Manchester and in Edinburgh. The company has joined PM Group as PM PROjEN. PM PROjEN provides multidisciplinary engineering and project management services in the chemical, petrochemical, advanced manufacturing technology and energy sectors. “The acquisition of PM [...]...
  • 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 from 12.8pc to 11.7pc in the rest of the country in the same period, comes as no surprise as housing supply is still a gulf [...]...
  • 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 Price Index November 2017 report. This compares with an increase of 11.8% in the year to October and an increase of 9.2% in the twelve months to November 2016. In Dublin, residential property prices increased by [...]...
  • PM Group Appoints Two New Board Directors Project Management Holdings (PM Group), the award-winning international project delivery firm headquartered in Ireland with over 2,200 people worldwide, has announced the appointment of Andy Rayner and Anthony O’Rourke to its Board. Andy Rayner (pictured right) is the Group’s Pharma Sector Director and Chief Technology Officer (CTO). Andy has worked with PM Group since 1989 and has [...]...

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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Heineken Ireland Unveils Multi-million Euro Refresh of Historic Cork Office

  Heineken Ireland Unveils Multi-million Euro Refresh of Historic Cork Office

Marking the completion of a multi-million euro upgrade project, HEINEKEN Ireland has unveiled its new look headquarters in Cork. The 128 year-old iconic Malt House building at Leitrim Street has been revamped to provide an inspirational and collaborative environment for HEINEKEN Ireland’s 200+ Cork-based employees.
HEINEKEN Ireland has a 161 year brewing heritage in Cork and the […]

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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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Dublin City Council Wins Engineers Ireland Excellence Award

  Dublin City Council Wins Engineers Ireland Excellence Award

Dublin City Council’s South Campshire Flood Protection Project has won the Engineers Ireland Excellence Award in the ‘Local Authority Engineering Initiative category’. Following recent extreme flood events, a review was carried out in Dublin city to look at the capacity of the existing coastal flood defences. This identified some areas of the south city as […]

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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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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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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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Continuing House Price Inflation “Very Worrying”

  Continuing House Price Inflation “Very Worrying”

Responding to the latest CSO house price data showing continued acceleration in property prices with Dublin prices increasing by 12.2% in the year to September and prices in the rest of Ireland rising by 13.2% in the same period, Brokers Ireland which represents 1,300 broker firms, said “the deteriorating situation is very worrying.”
Diarmuid Kelly (pictured), Chief […]

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Residential Property Prices Rise By 12.8% in the Year to September

  Residential Property Prices Rise By 12.8% in the Year to September

In the year to September, residential property prices at national level increased by 12.8%, according to the last CSO figures. This compares with an increase of 11.8% in the year to August and an increase of 8.0% in the twelve months to September 2016.
In Dublin, residential property prices increased by 12.2% in the year to […]

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Enisca Group is Investing £1.5 Million to Support 2020 Growth Strategy

  Enisca Group is Investing £1.5 Million to Support 2020 Growth Strategy

Cookstown-based engineering services firm Enisca Group is investing over £1.5 million in its workforce, training and business infrastructure. This investment is to help maximise current opportunities within the power and water sectors in Great Britain and Ireland.
Plans are in place to recruit twenty-nine additional staff at Enisca and a further fifteen at its Group businesses by 2020. […]

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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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Ireland Chapter of PMI Announces Winners of the National Project Awards

  Ireland Chapter of PMI Announces Winners of the National Project Awards

The Ireland Chapter of Project Management Institute (PMI) has announced the winners of the inaugural National Project Awards, sponsored by PwC. Derek Tierney of the Department of Finance won Project Professional of the Year at a gala dinner hosted by principal sponsor PwC. Pramerica scooped Project Management Office of the Year and the Royal College of […]

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Carrickfergus Specialist Joinery Business Carves Out Growth Plans

  Carrickfergus Specialist Joinery Business Carves Out Growth Plans

Abbey Upholsterers Specialist Joinery & Fit Out is expanding its workforce and manufacturing space in Carrickfergus with support from Invest Northern Ireland. To meet the demands driven by new contract opportunities, fifteen new roles will be recruited at Abbey Upholsterers by 2019.
The majority of the roles will be in its production division to support the business in […]

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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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€60 Million Backing For NUI Galway Campus Development

  €60 Million Backing For NUI Galway Campus Development

The European Investment Bank will provide €60 million towards development of the NUI Galway campus. The first ever loan to the university from Europe’s long-term lending institution will finance construction of campus developments including new student residences and a new building for the College of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences.
Dr Jim Browne, President of NUI […]

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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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Infram Energy Reaches 95MW of Total Installed Capacity

  Infram Energy Reaches 95MW of Total Installed Capacity

Infram Energy, a platform established by Infracapital and Amarenco Solar to invest in greenfield renewable energy assets across France, Ireland and other European markets, has signed a long-term debt facility, arranged by The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Ltd. (MUFG), to finance an additional solar portfolio of 16.1MW. This takes Infram Energy’s total installed capacity to […]

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PM Group Appointment

  PM Group Appointment

Andrew D Skibo (Andy Skibo) has been appointed as a Non-Executive Director of the US board of PM Group, the international engineering, architecture and project management firm headquartered in Ireland. Andy is currently Head of Global Biologics Operations and Head of Global Engineering and Global Real Estate for Astra Zeneca, responsible for mAb and vaccine production operations […]

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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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Ardmac Completes Major Rebranding Initiative

  Ardmac Completes Major Rebranding Initiative

Dublin-based construction company, Ardmac has completed a rebranding initiative focused on elevating the company’s vision and mission across all the organisation – in culmination with its 40th anniversary as a leading international specialist contractor. The rebranding initiative gives Ardmac, who have a broad portfolio of clients in the cleanroom, data centre, fit-out and refurbishment & construction sectors, […]

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Solo Energy Installs State-of-the-art Energy Storage System

  Solo Energy Installs State-of-the-art Energy Storage System

Solo Energy – a ClimateLaunchpad alumni company – has teamed up with Cork City Council to install a state-of-the-art battery storage system at the Ballyvolane Fire Station. Cork-based Solo Energy, in collaboration with ESB Networks, is rolling out a network of distributed energy storage systems at a number of private and public buildings as part […]

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Microsoft’s New Irish Wind Energy Agreement

  Microsoft’s New Irish Wind Energy Agreement

The national body charged with helping Ireland to transition to a low-carbon economy has welcomed a new agreement by Microsoft to become one of the first multinational technology companies to support a new wind project in Ireland. Microsoft Corp. has announced a 15-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with GE to purchase 100 percent of the […]

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€10 Million Expansion By Portwest in Mayo

  €10 Million Expansion By Portwest in Mayo

Leading safety clothing and personal protective equipment (PPE) manufacturers Portwest are to build a new corporate headquarters at Westport which will cost over €10 million. This will allow for the growth in staff numbers over the next few years.
Portwest specialises in the design and production of flame-resistant and high-visibility work-wear, rainwear, protective footwear, hand protection […]

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