Murphy Ireland is a leading multi-disciplinary engineering and construction company that directly employs over 530 engineers, designers, technicians, managers, and operatives.
Murphy’s Irish operations have been headquartered in Newbridge, Co Kildare since 1968. Over the past 50 plus years, it has built a reputation for quality and excellence, offering industry-leading services in civil engineering, transport infrastructure, piling, tunnelling, structural steel, pipe fabrication and weld testing services, as well as fully integrated turnkey solutions to both the municipal and industrial water sectors, encompassing all aspects of design, construction, and operation and maintenance.
John G Murphy, Managing Director, Murphy Ireland, says that the contractor had a similar experience to many other contractors in 2020, in that its turnover was negatively impacted by Covid-19. “But it was a testament to the strength of our offering that we managed to grow turnover during the pandemic.”
Historically, Murphy Ireland was predominantly a specialist contractor in Ireland involved in gas, piling, industrial maintenance and steel fabrication. In recent years, the company has adapted and expanded its offering in Ireland. Turnover has increased as a result, from €50m in 2016 to €138m in 2020, €18m of which was from exports.
“Since 2015, like many other Irish contractors, we expanded to meet market demand as the industry recovered from recession,” John G Murphy continues. “In February 2017, Murphy acquired AECOM’s Irish DBO water business, and this strengthened our position considerably and paved the way for further growth. The government wisely started procuring new water and wastewater treatment plants on a design, build and operate basis some 20 years ago. This has not only delivered great savings to the Irish taxpayer, but it has also improved the quality and quantity of water produced while improving effluent standards greatly. This move has also built up expertise among Irish contractors in the long-term operation of municipal facilities. Where clients are looking to save money and improve quality, this experience and expertise are in great demand, and our offering is easily exportable to other countries. Since 2017, Murphy Ireland has secured and delivered some really interesting water projects in the UK for blue-chip clients and are building strong and valuable relationships.”
Murphy Ireland enjoys trusted and long-standing relationships with clients such as Gas Networks Ireland, Irish Water and Aughinish Alumina Ltd. Recently, Murphy Ireland was awarded the NSWC Contract by Gas Networks Ireland for Lot 2 – system operations and ancillary services. This contract, along with the Northern Ireland operate and maintain contract previously awarded, means that Murphy now covers the maintenance and upgrades on the GNI gas transmission network throughout the island of Ireland.
Murphy’s many infrastructure projects across Ireland include the delivery of several greenways.
Murphy Ireland is currently building an energy and recycling facility for Yorkshire Water and installing UV plants for South Eastern Water in the UK.
The company also manufactures a broad range of items, including steel bridges for export to support Murphy Group projects throughout the UK, at its steel fabrication facility in Kildare.
“Our self-delivery model gives us a great advantage in controlling programme, quality, and safety,” John G Murphy explains. “We invest heavily in plant, allowing us to reduce our CO2 emissions year on year and are conscious that everything we do supports our values to improve continually, never harm and conduct our business with respect, integrity and accountability.”
John G Murphy concludes by acknowledging the commitment of Murphy Group staff. “Our people are our most important resource, we look after them, and they return this to us with exemplary work, SHESQ performance and a thirst for continuous professional development that we support strongly.”
No 13: Murphy Ireland
ADDRESS: Great Connell, Newbridge, Co Kildare.
PHONE: 045 431384
LINKEDIN: Murphy Ireland
KEY EXECUTIVES: John G Murphy, Managing Director.
KEY ACTIVITIES: Civil Engineering, Water, Natural Resources, Power, Ground Engineering, Structural Steel.
YEAR END: 31/12/2020