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Construction industry lessons learned from Celtic Tiger crash

Construction industry lessons learned from Celtic Tiger crash

20/12/19

Construction industry the only ones to learn lesson from last crash With the theatre of Brexit on the backburner while the the UK general election played out, attention this week turned to housing. It appears as though we’ve got a collective fondness for instability in the property market, something illustrated by a Cen… Read More

Cost of Housebuilding - Ireland - IHBA 2019

Cost of Housebuilding – Ireland – IHBA 2019

20/12/19

COST OF HOUSEBUILDING James Benson, Director of the Irish Homebuilder Association (IHBA), has stated that the association welcomes the ESRI’s acknowledgement that the cost of housebuilding must come down to enable increased supply. “Since 2013, we have highlighted the fact that nearly 45% of the cost of housebuilding i… Read More

Is Eir’s €1bn broadband plan a credible offer?

Is Eir’s €1bn broadband plan a credible offer?

28/06/19

What has been proposed? Earlier this week, Eir told a sitting of the Oireachtas communications committee it could complete the National Broadband Plan (NBP) for under €1 billion. This compares with the projected final cost of the Government’s plan of up to €5 billion, with €3 billion coming from the taxpayer. Gi… Read More

Over 10,000 new construction workers last year

Over 10,000 new construction workers last year

31/05/19

10,600 people joined the Irish construction workforce last year, up 8% year on year. That brings the total workforce to 145,500, according to a new report from the Construction Industry Federation (CIF). There was a 20% increase in investment in building and construction in 2018, with €26 billion invested during the yea… Read More

Family comes first for construction workers returning to Ireland

Family comes first for construction workers returning to Ireland

24/05/19

The primary reason for those working in the construction industry returning from abroad is down to family, an industry survey has found. Up to 37% of construction companies here have hired Irish workers, who would have emigrated during the recession of 2008. Sixty-five percent of the workers gave family as the reason for … Read More

State’s largest construction company launches facilities management brand

State’s largest construction company launches facilities management brand

21/04/19

The State’s largest construction company, John Sisk and Son, has launched its new facilities management brand having entered into a joint venture with the Designer Group. Sensori Facilities Management was formally launched on Thursday night resulting from Sisk’s acquisition of a 50 per cent holding in Designer Group… Read More

Ward & Burke boss urges action on construction staff and skills shortage

Ward & Burke boss urges action on construction staff and skills shortage

11/04/19

The government needs to do more to tackle a skills and staff deficit in the construction sector, a boss of one of Ireland's largest indigenous specialised engineering firms, Ward & Burke, has warned. Padraig Burke told the Irish Independent that the shortage of staff has also put upward pressure on wages. He said that… Read More

Have we reached peak housing?

Have we reached peak housing?

07/04/19

The co-founder of Glenveagh Properties this week cast doubt on whether the private sector would ever be able to deliver the 35,000 housing units necessary to meet demand in the Irish market, a notion that must have sent shivers through Government. At a press briefing following the company’s first full-year results, Stephe… Read More

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