Overview: CIF Annual Conference 2016
With the ambitious theme of ‘ Constructing Ireland 2027', CIF Conference 2016 focused on how the Irish construction industry will shape Irish society in the coming decade.
The conference kick-started the creation of a 10-year vision that envisages an internationally recognised, innovative industry delivering world-class construction and driving economic recovery, job creation, FDI and regional development in the wider economy.
And so it was that all roads led to the Hogan Mezzanine Suite on Level 4 of Croke Park Conference Centre on 6 October for a unique and informative conference the theme of which was, Constructing Ireland 2027.
The CIF used the CIF Conference 2016 to launch a vision for the construction industry for the next 10 years – up to 2027.
This conference was the first step in engaging with its members and other stakeholders in creating this vision. The morning session began at 9.50 am with a Welcome Address from the morning Chair, Ian Kehoe, Editor, The Sunday Business Post.
The afternoon chair was Tom Parlon, Director General, Construction Industry Federation.
A host of great speakers and panelists participated in the event which included the delivery of
Ministerial addresses from both Paschal Donohoe, Minister for Public Expenditure & Reform and Simon Coveney, Minister for Housing, Planning, Community & Local Government.
Q&A sessions were scheduled during each session allowing delegates to ask questions of the expert line-ups of speakers.
In addition to Ministers Coveney and Donohoe, a number of national and international speakers also delivered their vision for the construction industry.
CIF Conference 2016 panelists and speakers included: Julie Sinnamon, CEO of Enterprise Ireland; Mary Buckley, Deputy CEO of of IDA Ireland, who was on the cover of our last issue; Graham Watts, CEO of the Construction Industry Council, (CIC), UK; Ian Howard, EMEA Projects Director, Kerry Group; PJ Rudden, Director of RPS Group, and with economic perspectives, Annette Hughes of DKM Consultants and Edgar Morgenroth of the ESRI.
Panel discussions ranged over issues including the budget, mortgages and housing provision, developer finance and the Central Bank’s mortgage lending rules.
Networking Breaks & Exhibition
The Exhibition Area included stands from: Ayrton; Capital Insurance Brokers LLC; CIRI; CIS; Cluid Housing Association; Construction Magazine and constructionnews.ie; CPAS; CPL Construction; Daikin, Diatec; Downey Planning; ESB Networks; Gas Networks Ireland; KSSL; Murphy Surveys; OSI; Servisource; Wood Concepts and Zinon.