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  • Stark and Growing Gap Between Mortgage and Rent Responding to the latest CSO house price figures indicating a continuing slowing in the rate of house price increases, 5.8pc in Dublin in the year to September and 10.8pc in the Rest of Ireland, Brokers Ireland pointed to a growing gap between repaying a mortgage on a home and paying rent on a similar home. Rachel [...]...
  • Residential Property Prices Rise by 8.2% in the Year to September In the year to September, residential property prices at national level increased by 8.2%, according to the CSO. This compares with an increase of 8.9% in the year to August and an increase of 12.0% in the twelve months to September 2017. In Dublin, residential property prices increased by 5.8% in the year to September. Dublin [...]...
  • Grafton Merchanting Joins the Irish Green Building Council Grafton Merchanting, Ireland’s leading building merchanting company has announced that it has joined the Irish Green Building Council (IGBC). The move forms part of Grafton Merchanting’s ongoing commitment to sustainability at a national and local level. Grafton Merchanting is the first reseller to join the IGBC which was set up in 2011 to create a [...]...
  • 70% Believe Irish Government Not Doing a Sufficient Job in Easing the Housing Crisis The findings of a nationally representative survey recently conducted by iReach highlight the pessimism of Irish people about the current state of housing and homelessness. The results also demonstrate a lack of faith from the public in the Government’s approach to the issue. 66% of people were not confident that Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy’s most [...]...
  • PropertyBridges.com Successfully Completes First Ever Peer to Peer Property Loan in Ireland Propertybridges.com, Ireland’s new peer to peer lender to the property development marketplace, has just successfully fulfilled its first loan. Over 100 lenders piled into the 250k loan for a new mews build in Sandycove, County Dublin and supported the small developer as well as made 8.5% return for themselves. The whole process took less than [...]...

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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3,300 Jobs on way for Limerick in massive city centre development – 300 in construction stage

  3,300 Jobs on way for Limerick in massive city centre development – 300 in construction stage

The biggest city centre real estate project outside of Dublin over the next 10 years has received the green light today.
The project based in Limerick city centre looks set to employ up to 3,300 people.
Limerick City and County Council today invited expressions of interest in the €80-€100m strategic Opera Centre site, which triggered the go […]

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Planning Sought for 101 Homes in Dublin

  Planning Sought for 101 Homes in Dublin

A low-profile property firm has become the latest player to seek planning permission to build family homes in Dublin, in another sign that the shortage of houses in Dublin is beginning to be addressed.
Argentum Property Holding Three Limited has applied for planning permission to build 101 houses on Griffith Avenue on Dublin’s northside. If it […]

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Limerick City and County Council has given a go to the €80 Opera Centre site development.

  Limerick City and County Council has given a go to the €80 Opera Centre site development.

The re-developed 50,000sq metre project should create around 3,000 jobs with 300 additional jobs supported during the construction stage.
The 2.8 hectare site will provide for a mix of office, educational, retail and residential uses over a five-year period.

 The publication by Limerick City and County Council of an invitation for expressions of interest in the site has triggered […]

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Irish construction & marine markets to benefit from Kommerling products as Laydex becomes national distributor

  Irish construction & marine markets to benefit from Kommerling products as Laydex becomes national distributor

Kommerling UK has signed an agreement with Laydex for the Belfast based company to distribute its extensive range of marine products including the highly regarded Korapur 925 as well as some of its market leading construction products, including the sealant Rallithane 810.
Commenting on the arrangement, Ian Little, Business Manager for Automotive, Construction & Industrial Division […]

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Shares in cement group Lafarge fall as merger talks stall

  Shares in cement group Lafarge fall as merger talks stall

Shares in French cement group Lafarge fell by around 2 per cent on Monday after two shareholders of its Swiss merger partner Holcim appeared unhappy with revised deal terms that were designed to placate them.
Russian businessman Filaret Galchev, who owns a 10.8 per cent stake in Holcim via Eurocement Holding AG, has rejected the new […]

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BM TRADA urges action on CE marking of structural steel

  BM TRADA urges action on CE marking of structural steel

It is now six months since new requirements were placed on structural steel manufacturers and fabricators which make it a criminal offence in the UK and Ireland to supply a steel frame or structural steel components without a CE mark.
With contractors across the UK and Ireland reporting that Trading Standards departments are now looking for […]

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CRH shares jump on Holcim, Lafarge chief executive talks

  CRH shares jump on Holcim, Lafarge chief executive talks

Shares in Iseq heavyweight CRH jumped by nearly 4 per cent on Wednesday after reports that cement makers Holcim and Lafarge, are discussing a new CEO appointment to the combined group.
The move would see current Lafarge boss Bruno Lafont shift into a new role, as talks continue to save their troubled merger.
There is pressure to […]

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Glanbia Ingredients Ireland Opens New €180 Million Nutritional Ingredients Plant

  Glanbia Ingredients Ireland Opens New €180 Million Nutritional Ingredients Plant

Ireland’s leading dairy ingredients company, Glanbia Ingredients Ireland, has commenced production at its new, state-of-the-art nutritional ingredients plant at Belview in County Waterford, so completing a €200 million investment programme designed to increase processing capacity in readiness for the abolition of EU milk quotas.
Glanbia Ingredients Ireland processes1.6 billion litres of milk annually or 30% of […]

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Invest in the West – MJ Conroy & HP Ballybrit

  Invest in the West – MJ Conroy & HP Ballybrit

The IT giant Hewlett Packard has chosen again and again to expand its presence in Galway, with 700 workers about to move into a new purpose built R&D centre this February. Not only is the development a huge seal of approval for Galway as a centre of excellence for IT innovation, it is also another […]

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John Paul Construction – Company Announcement

  John Paul Construction – Company Announcement

John Paul Construction are pleased to announce the recent appointment of Joe McLoughlin as Construction Director for the Irish market and Paul Dennis as UK Director.
With over 30 years industry experience in managing and delivering major construction projects in Ireland, UK and South Africa, Joe brings a wealth of expertise and capability across all […]

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The Public Works Contracts: What now?

  The Public Works Contracts: What now?

The Office of Government Procurement published its Report on the Review of the Performance of the Public Works Contract (the “Report”) on 11 December 2014, setting out its conclusions following the long-awaited review, commenced in 2013.
The Report is a breath of fresh air, but it will remain to be seen whether it sounds of a […]

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A start performance by Monami Construction

  A start performance by Monami Construction

The engineering and organisational skills of building firm Monami Construction literally went to waste in Cork in 2014, but the client Greenstar, was delighted with professionalism and efficiency used to reconstruct its Glanmire recycling facility. CIAN MOLLOY reports.
When a fire broke out at Greenstar’s waste treatment facility in Glanmire in November 2013, such […]

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Saint-Gobain, Ireland opens the doors of their new Technical Academy in Dublin

  Saint-Gobain, Ireland opens the doors of their new Technical Academy in Dublin

Building materials firm Saint Gobain has opened a new training centre in Grange Castle, Co Dublin, which together with its sister centre in Cavan, is set to upskill some 5,000 construction industry personnel every year.
The two Construction Skills Academies, developed at a combined cost of €1.5m, are reckoned to be the biggest investment in construction […]

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Kilsaran – Connecting the city at the Rosie Hackett Bridge

  Kilsaran – Connecting the city at the Rosie Hackett Bridge

Dublin’s newest bridge, the Rosie Hackett bridge which spans the River Liffey is benefitting from the technical and aesthetic qualities of Kilsaran International. The 21st bridge to cross the river Liffey in Dublin city connects Marlborough Street on the northside with Hawkins Street on the south, the function of the bridge is to carry the […]

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JJ Rhatigan & Company – Setting standards in education building at NUI Galway.

  JJ Rhatigan & Company – Setting standards in education building at NUI Galway.

There aren’t too many clients in Galway or in the surrounding area that are as successful when it comes to securing funding for construction work as NUI Galway. JJ Rhatigan & Company, a firm that has been providing construction services for over half a century, have completed several projects at the campus over the past […]

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Stewart Win Contractor of the Year at Irish Building and Design Awards 2014

Stewart are delighted to have scooped 3 awards at recent Irish Building and Design Awards 2014, to include Contractor of the Year, BIM Initiative of the Year and Retrofit Project of the Year. See some of the Stewart group eagerly accepting our awards at a well organised and good craic awards night hosted by CMG […]

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