As incoming CIF President Frank Kelly, Construction Director, Walls Construction, surveys the events of his vice-presidency over the past two years, he focuses on the positive aspects and the extraordinary unity of purpose exhibited by Federation members during Covid-19.
The Government will sign off a range of stringent Covid-19 measures that will see many construction sites across the country shut down until 31 January. As with the first lockdown in March of last years, sites deemed essential works will be allowed to continue operating under HSE guidelines.
Last night, the Cabinet Committee on Covid-19 agreed to shut down the vast majority of private construction developments to slow down the spread of the coronavirus.
Industrial Relations – SEO Judgment Outcome Will Have Far-Reaching Implications For The Construction Sector
Jean Winters, Director, Industrial Relations and Employment Services, CIF, writes about some of the key industrial relations and human resource management issues the CIF will be working to address in the year ahead.
Main Contracting/Civils – If Contractors Are To Invest, They Need A Line Of Sight And A Pipeline Of Work
Paul Sheridan, Director, Main Contracting and Civil Engineering, CIF, writes that the right processes, systems, capabilities and resources must be in place to enable Government to maintain the continuity of work.
James Benson, Director, Development, Planning and Housing, CIF, writes that the country needs 36,000 homes each year for the next two decades to keep up with population growth, but current supply isn’t matching either the demand or realisable output.
Sean Downey, Director, Specialist Contracting, CIF, writes that when it comes to the future needs of the construction sector, there is a relatively clear understanding of where the industry is going and what it is being asked to do to bring forward a National Centre of Excellence.
As we move into 2021, Covid-19 will still be looming large. However, we have proven in 2020 that as an industry, we can work safely at near capacity following strict Covid-19 guidelines. EY is expecting outputs to be down 16% this year. In Q2, the estimate was by 35%, so the industry has pulled up its sleeves and gone at it. Housing completion figures are around 19,000 to 20,000, which is only 2,000 below what was forecast at the start of the year. I think we will continue to operate and work well as the pandemic continues into 2021.
Barry McCall speaks with some of the people setting out the roadmap for Irish contractors to integrate Modern Methods of Construction into their operations.
The Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Michael McGrath TD, has launched a competitive challenge-based grant call to deliver the Build Digital Project for the Construction Sector in 2021.
To support the Irish construction industry during the Covid-19 crisis, Skillnet Ireland has made a response fund available, the aim of which is to help ensure the continuity of business post-shutdown and to ensure that companies are better equipped to deal with the new circumstances. With the aid of this funding, the Construction Professionals Skillnet made several training programmes, courses and webinars available virtually and free of charge up to the end of June.