Sharp Increase in Irish construction employment rates

Simon Barry, Ulster Bank Irish construction employment see highest jump since February as new work comes on stream   Near-term prospects for Irish construction firms continue to be underpinned by ongoing improvement in new business flows Irish construction firms continued to record strong growth of activity during November, supported by a further sharp increase in […]

Employment, Housing

CIS: €17bn in construction projects planned for 2017

The CIS Construction Opportunities Report 2017 reveals that there is an increase of €1bn in combined project values over 2016 in construction work planned for 2017 with €17bn worth of projects in planning for 2017. The CIS (Construction Information Services) Report includes comprehensive descriptions and contact details on the largest active and most lucrative projects […]


New orders fuel construction growth

A further sharp rise in new business was central to improvements in activity, employment and confidence at Irish construction firms in October. Companies also continued to increase their purchasing activity, while the rate of input cost inflation moderated for the second month in a row. The Ulster Bank Construction Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI)– a seasonally adjusted […]


Dublin needs to build ‘up’ says Knight Frank

Dublin needs more skyscrapers. That’s according to property consultants Knight Frank, who say Ireland will lose out on tech investment if employees can’t live close to where they work. Speaking to The Irish Times yesterday, Declan O’Reilly, the agent’s commercial director for Ireland, said: “It used to be that when it came to office relocations […]


EIB commits €100m to Dublin Port ABR Project

The redevelopment of Dublin Port is set to be a major construction project involving Ireland’s civil engineering contractors. It has been announced the European Investment Bank has committed to providing a €100m loan over 20 years, reflecting the long-term nature of Dublin Port’s Alexandra Basin Redevelopment (ABR) Project. This is the first time in 20 […]


Construction recruitment challenges

The Irish construction sector is somewhere between finding its feet and breaking into a sprint depending on who you talk to and where in the country you visit. Those who work in construction recruitment now speak of a change in emphasis from expatriation to repatriation, impending personnel shortages and the challenge of finding quality staff, […]


BAM to build €350m M11 motorway

BAM Ireland has won the contract to build the €350m M11 Gorey to Enniscorthy public-private partnership (PPP) motorway project. BAM will lead a consortium, including the Spanish infrastructure group, Iridium, and will begin construction in January 2016 with an expected completion date of 2019. Between 250 to 300 jobs will be created during the project’s duration. […]


Budget a lost opportunity says CIF

Speaking to RTE in the immediate aftermath of the Budget announcement, CIF Director General Tom Parlon said that although there was a “wide appreciation” of problems facing the house-building sector, the new budget had “plastered over the issues”. “We needed something aggressive but that hasn’t transpired yet,” he said. “It’s too big an issue to […]