Grant assistance for capital works projects announced

The Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government, in conjunction with (i) the Southern Regional Assembly, and (ii) the Northern and Western Regional Assembly, today (19th January 2015) announced the proposed local authority capital projects around Ireland that have been approved for ERDF (European Regional Development Fund) grants for sustainable urban development under the Designated […]


CIF – Guidelines on best practice for tendering

The contracting departments within the CIF regularly deal with queries from members in respect of pre-qualification and tendering. In response to repeated queries on a number of items, a document entitled Guidelines on Best Practice for Tendering has been developed. This document is based on the provisions set out in the Code of Practice for […]


21 BC(A)R 2014 questions & answers

The building control regulations are a complex set of rules governing how we build in Ireland. CIF Director for Housing Hubert Fitzpatrick answers some of the most common questions about the regulations. What are the Building Control Regulations? The Building Control Regulations apply to new buildings, extensions, material alterations and changes of use of buildings. […]


Growth of construction activity quickens to five-month high

December data signalled a positive end to 2015 in the Irish construction sector, with activity rising at a sharper pace in response to further steep growth of new orders. The rate of job creation also picked up during the month and business sentiment remained elevated as companies predicted further improvements during 2016. The Ulster Bank […]


IHBA reject Minister’s comments

Reacting to Minister Kelly’s reference to developers lowering their expectations for massive profits, Hubert Fitzpatrick, Director of the Irish Homebuilders Association (IHBA) stated that housing developers want to build houses to meet the growing demand, but can only do so when it makes economic sense. The market price of many homes throughout the country is […]


New allocations for national road network announced

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Paschal Donohoe TD, has welcomed the allocation by Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) of almost €160 million for the maintenance and improvement of the primary and secondary national road network in 2016. This is made up of €139.7 million for improvement works, while €20.2 million will go towards essential road […]


Peter McVerry tenants celebrate Christmas at home

After a whirlwind 11 weeks, Friday 18th December was launch day for the CIF-supported Peter McVerry Trust development at Hogan Court in Dublin 2. CIF member firms and supporters had joined forces to refurbish 12 homes for the homeless in time for Christmas. Two tenants joined CIF staff, Peter McVerry personnel and local politicians to […]


Increase in construction activity, jobs & sentiment

Increased activity, more jobs and sentiment at a near-record high reflect another positive month for the Irish construction sector. The Ulster Bank Construction Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) – a seasonally adjusted index designed to track changes in total construction activity – posted 55.5 in November, below the reading of 56.3 from October but still signaling a sharp monthly […]


Public sector contracts set for change

The much-anticipated amendments to Public Sector contracts will be implemented in the New Year, it has been revealed. In a statement issued to CIF members, Federation Director General said: “I am delighted to announce that the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform have agreed the implementation of the Interim Measures amending the Public Sector Contracts, […]


Infrastructure development vital Minister tells CECA members

The planned Metro project for north Dublin will be directly funded by the Exchequer and will not form part of any PPP deal, says the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Pascal Donohoe. Speaking to CECA members at a recent meeting in Construction House, Dublin, the Minister stated that this decision is a “clear stance” […]