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  • Government Launches €1.25 Billion Land Development Agency to Build 150,000 New Homes The Government has launched the Land Development Agency to build 150,000 new homes over the next 20 years, the next step of Project Ireland 2040. The new Agency has an immediate focus on managing the State’s own lands to develop new homes, and regenerate under-utilised sites. In the longer-term it will assemble strategic landbanks from [...]...
  • €8 Million in Government Funding Awarded by SEAI to Innovative Energy Research Projects The Government has announced €8 million in funding to support 45 innovative energy projects in companies and research institutions across Ireland. The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) is responsible for awarding the funding to the 45 projects which aim to develop solutions that will help our homes, businesses and communities deliver a cleaner energy future. [...]...
  • €100 Million Worth of Minor Building Works Tendered For Public Sector New frameworks are being launched to streamline the tendering process for €100 million in contracts for minor building works across the entire public service. The contracts will be tendered by the Local Government Operational Procurement Centre for the provision of Minor Building Works to public service bodies including 31 local authorities, the HSE, the OPW, the [...]...
  • Major Milestone For €233 Million Center Parcs Forest Resort With one year to opening, the €233 million Center Parcs forest resort in County Longford has reached an important milestone as Sisk workers recently welcomed the record sized 53-metre long, 22-tonne, glulam beams that will form the structure of the impressive Subtropical Swimming Paradise. A jewel in the crown of the resort, the Subtropical Swimming [...]...
  • Resilient Performance by Breedon Group Breedon Group, a leading construction materials group in the UK and Ireland, has reported revenue of £378.4 million for the six months to 30 June 2018, up from £326.3 million in the corresponding period of 2017. Underlying earnings before interest and tax (EBIT) increased by 17% to £42.0 million. However, excluding acquisitions, both revenue and [...]...

SMK Corporation establishes new European Headquarters in Dublin

  SMK Corporation establishes new European Headquarters in Dublin

SMK Corporation, a multinational electro-mechanical component manufacturer headquartered in Tokyo Japan is to establish a new European Headquarters in Dublin, Ireland.
SMK designs and produces a wide range of products for the electronics sector including connectors and switches, remote control units and touch screens. Demand for SMK products is driven by the requirements of a new […]

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National Rehabilitation Hospital Receives Planning Approval for New Development

  National Rehabilitation Hospital Receives Planning Approval for New Development

The National Rehabilitation Hospital is the first major healthcare project to be granted planning approval through the Strategic Infrastructural Development Process.
The approval is for Phase One of a significant capital development on the campus of the existing hospital at Rochestown Avenue.  This development, which is a partnership between the HSE and the NRH Foundation, will […]

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High Standards from Coillte Panel Products

  High Standards from Coillte Panel Products

Coillte Panel Products is part of Coillte, a leading natural resources company which owns over 442,000 hectares of FSC® certified forest in Ireland. Coillte Panel Products manufactures both highly regarded Medite MDF and Smartply OSB products from its Irish mills in Clonmel and Waterford, which are synonymous with quality, choice and innovation.
On the 1st March […]

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Augmented Reality and the future of construction – A CIF Event

  Augmented Reality and the future of construction – A CIF Event

The CIF is constantly looking for ways of bringing new information and innovations to our members. One area which looks like it will be of interest to the construction sector over the coming years is Augmented Reality (AR).
Augmented Reality is a new technology which allows for real world items and information to be enhanced by […]

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Boost for CRH as Holcim and Lafarge appoint CEO

  Boost for CRH as Holcim and Lafarge appoint CEO

CRH’s deal to buy €6.5bn from building materials rivals Holcim and Lafarge looks to be a step closer as the two firms have announced the appointment of a chief executive of their combined company.

Lafarge insider Eric Olsen, the firm’s executive vice-president for operations, will take on the challenge of knitting together the two companies in […]

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€36 Million Investment in Last Phase of Summer Works Scheme set to Commence

  €36 Million Investment in Last Phase of Summer Works Scheme set to Commence

Good news for construction related industries across the country with last week’s update on the Schools Summer Works Scheme.
The final phase of the scheme will allow 559 schools to complete work such as window repair and replacement, upgrading of science and specialist rooms and external improvements, such as upgrading of school perimeter fences and walls. […]

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Dublin Property Price Growth Fell Below National Average in First Three Months of 2015

  Dublin Property Price Growth Fell Below National Average in First Three Months of 2015

Property price growth in Dublin was outpaced by rises in the rest of the country during the first three months of 2015, according to the latest property price report from Daft.ie.
It is the first time that this has happened in four years, according to the property website.
Asking prices nationally increased by 4.6% in the first […]

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43 apartments in Dublin for €5.57m

  43 apartments in Dublin for €5.57m

A multi-family residential investment with 43 apartments are to go on the market today in Dublin’s north inner city.
Damien McCaffrey of Knight Frank is guiding €5.75 million for Stafford House on Wolfe Tone Street which was developed in 1998 by Michael Murphy’s South Dublin Construction.
Knight Frank says that with an 84 per cent occupancy rate, […]

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Shareholders at NTR in line for €240m sale payout

  Shareholders at NTR in line for €240m sale payout

Irish renewable energy group NTR has up to €240m in its arsenal to return to shareholders following the sale of its last remaining US windfarms.
The company has sold its Post Rock and Lost Creek assets, 350 megawatt (MW) windfarms in Kansas and Missouri, to US investment company Pattern Energy for $244m (€222m).
The news will be […]

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Job boom for Cork City as it is set to benefit from €500 million investment

  Job boom for Cork City as it is set to benefit from €500 million investment

Some 8,000 jobs could be created in Cork City as details emerge that €500 million has been earmarked for its redevelopment.
Why Weight?
After more than a decade of neglect, Ireland’s ‘second capital’ is set to see almost half a billion pumped into strategic development projects around the city centre and its surrounding areas.
At a briefing in […]

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JV for NAMA and Kennedy Wilson

  JV for NAMA and Kennedy Wilson

Kennedy Wilson and NAMA have formed a joint venture arrangement to develop a project of significant importance on Sir John Rogerson’s Quay in Dublin 2.
The project will be a mix of offices and residential. Extending to over 4.8 acres, the Capital Dock development is one of the largest undeveloped sites in the Dublin Central Business […]

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Free Seminar on ‘Building a Business on Your Ideas’ comes to Kerry

  Free Seminar on ‘Building a Business on Your Ideas’ comes to Kerry

Minister for Skills, Research and Innovation, Damien English TD, has urged businesses to avail of the opportunity to attend a Government-sponsored free seminar, ‘Building a Business on Your Ideas’ which will take place in Solas Building,Tralee Institute of Technology on Thursday 16th April, 2015.
This seminar will provide an insight into intellectual property rights (patents, trade […]

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New social housing units to be delivered in Cork

  New social housing units to be delivered in Cork

The housing lists in Cork City and County are set to reduce with news that 69 social housing units will be delivered by the local authorities by the end of 2017.
The move has been confirmed this morning by Ciarán Lynch.
Overall, a total of €204,946,289 is to be invested in the two Cork local authorities from […]

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Minister Nash encourages all businesses to sign up to Prompt Payment Code of Conduct portal

  Minister Nash encourages all businesses to sign up to Prompt Payment Code of Conduct portal

“This is an important step towards driving a change in payment culture in Ireland”
Minister for Business & Employment, Ged Nash TD, today launched a new online portal aimed at encouraging businesses to pay their suppliers on time. Enterprises of all sizes in Ireland can now become signatories to the Prompt Payment Code of Conduct through […]

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Former Bord Na Mona executive to head up Poolbeg incinerator

  Former Bord Na Mona executive to head up Poolbeg incinerator

A Former senior executive at Bord Na Mona has landed the top job on the development of the controversial €500m Poolbeg incinerator project.

John Daly served as the head of the Resource Recovery unit at the semi-State energy company from 2013 before being appointed as the general manager of Dublin Waste to Energy.

It is the company […]

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Ministers Kelly & Coffey Commence Review of Building Control Regulations

  Ministers Kelly & Coffey Commence Review of Building Control Regulations

Mr. Paudie Coffey, T.D., Minister of State at the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government, together with Minister Alan Kelly, T.D., have just announced a review of the Building Control (Amendment) Regulations 2014 (S.I. No. 9 of 2014).
The new Regulations commenced in March last year and the Department is now initiating a review, […]

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CIF and Dept of Social Protection launch campaign to help unemployed construction workers

  CIF and Dept of Social Protection launch campaign to help unemployed construction workers

Department of Social Protection and CIF launch campaign to help unemployed construction workers return to work
A new campaign aimed at helping unemployed construction workers regain employment in the sector has been jointly launched by the Department of Social Protection and the Construction Industry Federation (CIF). It comes as the latest Live Register figures […]

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House Price Growth Moderated in the First Quarter of this Year

  House Price Growth Moderated in the First Quarter of this Year

House prices continued to rise in Q1 of this year, according to the latest house price survey from MyHome.ie.
The survey found that the national mix adjusted asking price measure rose by 2.2%, in the first three months – up 5.7% year-on-year – while in Dublin asking prices were up 2.5% and 12.7% respectively.
According to the […]

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€1.5 Billion Social Housing Targets for Local Authorities to 2017

  €1.5 Billion Social Housing Targets for Local Authorities to 2017

– 25% Reduction in Housing Waiting List through Build, Buying & Leasing Programme
– In excess of €500m for Dublin Local Authorities
Minister for the Environment, Community & Local Government, Alan Kelly T.D., along with Minister of State, Paudie Coffey T.D., have today (1 April, 2015) announced housing targets for each local authority area out to 2017.
Over […]

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Minister O’Sullivan announces €36 million investment for schools under summer works scheme

  Minister O’Sullivan announces €36 million investment for schools under summer works scheme

The Minister for Education and Skills Jan O’Sullivan today announced a €36 million investment in 559 schools throughout the country. The investment is the final part of the current Summer Works Scheme and will bring total investment in small and medium scale works in our primary and post-primary schools under the scheme to more […]

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750 construction jobs to be created by Center Parcs €200 million holiday village in Longford

  750 construction jobs to be created by Center Parcs €200 million holiday village in Longford

One of the UK’s leading short break specialists, Center Parcs, has just announced plans to develop a holiday village at Newcastle Wood, five kilometres from Ballymahon, County Longford, and 21 kilometres from junction 9 (Athlone) of the M6 motorway from Dublin to Galway.
The 375 acre site is owned by Coillte currently and Center Parcs have […]

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Lagan Construction acquires H&J Martin to create £300m business

  Lagan Construction acquires H&J Martin to create £300m business

The Belfast-headquartered Lagan Construction Group has confirmed it has acquired rival Northern Ireland firm H&J Martin but did not disclose details of the deal which is likely to grow its organisation to a potential £300-million-a-year business.
No redundancies have been announced following the deal which could see Lagan’s workforce swell to more than 900 people – […]

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Balfour Beatty awarded €14m (£10.2m) Dublin Airport car park extension

  Balfour Beatty awarded €14m (£10.2m) Dublin Airport car park extension

Balfour Beatty has been awarded a €14m (£10.2m) Design and Build scheme to extend the existing multi-storey car park serving Terminal 2 at Dublin Airport for airport operator ‘daa’, (previously known as the Dublin Airport Authority).
The works comprise a four-floor structured steel extension to the current two-storey car park that will more than double the […]

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Get to Grips with BCAR with Kingspan Insulated Panels

  Get to Grips with BCAR with Kingspan Insulated Panels

Ger Higgins, Sales Director at Kingspan Insulated Panels Ireland, explains how the company can help customers get to grips with the new Building Control Regulations.
The updated Building Control (Amendment) Regulations that came into force in March this year have had a profound impact on all project delivery stakeholders.
Fundamentally, the new regulations are all about increased […]

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Formal Consultation Process Launches For Proposed A24 Ballynahinch Bypass

  Formal Consultation Process Launches For Proposed A24 Ballynahinch Bypass

The formal consultation process has launched for the proposed A24 Ballynahinch Bypass.
The announcement refers to the publication of the Draft Statutory Orders which will pave the way for the provision of a bypass which represents a potential investment in the range of £40m to £50m.
Transport Minister Danny Kennedy said: “The proposed scheme involves the […]

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Building sector slowdown threatens recovery

  Building sector slowdown threatens recovery

A slowdown in the growth of construction activity here could end up hurting Ireland’s ability to attract foreign direct investment, Davy stockbrokers has warned.
It said there is not only a lack of housing, but also of prime office space in Dublin.
Experts blame lack of finance as a main cause of the slowdown in the pace […]

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Gaelectric completes €65 million funding round for on-shore wind energy portfolio in Ireland

  Gaelectric completes €65 million funding round for on-shore wind energy portfolio in Ireland

Irish renewable energy generation and energy storage group, Gaelectric, has raised €65 million in funding for its portfolio of on-shore wind energy projects on the island of Ireland.
The portfolio comprises 164 MW of generation capacity across 13 projects which the Group plans to develop out by 2017, representing a total investment in the region of […]

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Energy efficient windows for retrofits receive Component Award

  Energy efficient windows for retrofits receive Component Award

The winners of the second Component Award, this year for Passive House windows for energy efficient solutions in the context of retrofits, have been selected.
The joint first prize went to Optiwin for their “System Connecta” and Lorber / Pro Passivhausfenster for their “Smartwin Compact S” window. The main challenge in this competition was that the […]

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DCC gives go-ahead for multi-million euro docklands development

The first of the fast-track developments planned for Dublin’s docklands has been given the go ahead by the city council.
The planning permission for the site on Sir John Rogerson’s Quay will involve 58 apartments and 9,000 square metres of office space.
The site, which was formerly owned by a Sean Dunne company, is being developed by […]

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Building momentum – an overview of Ireland’s construction sector

  Building momentum – an overview of Ireland’s construction sector

To describe the effect of the recession on Ireland’s construction industry as devastating is an understatement. Now less than a quarter of the size it was at its peak in 2006, it represents about 7pc of the country’s GNP, down from 21pc, and 170,000 jobs have been lost in the sector since the property bubble […]

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