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CIF calls for increased investment in skills and infrastructure

The Construction Industry Federation (CIF) has called for more investment in skills and infrastructure in the sector, so that the projects outlined by the Government in today’s Dublin Regional Action Plan for Jobs announcement, can be realised. The construction industry has the potential to be a key partner for Government in their aim to deliver […]

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, […]

New orders fuel construction growth

Construction workplace fatalities

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 […]

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 […]

Connecting local suppliers to opportunities in the construction sector

The National Development Finance Agency (NDFA) and Courts Service in partnership with Enterprise Ireland are running a series of Meet the Buyer information and networking events connecting local suppliers to opportunities in the construction sector as part of the €135m Courts Bundle PPP Project. On June 12th 2015, BAM PPP PGGM was appointed as the […]

Main Contracting: new contracts & cautious optimism

Much like the general public, Irish main contractors are used to hearing about the upturn but have yet to feel the benefits in their own pockets. Brian Foley spoke to members of the CECA and MBCA to hear what the sector thinks about the current industry state of play, government forms of contract and much […]

CIF Annual Conference: Opportunities and challenges

While the Irish construction sector is experiencing growth and many within the sector are optimistic about the future after surviving a horrendous recession, challenges still remain. Speaking at the CIF Annual Conference, held this year in Croke Park and in association with leading international law firm, Maples and Calder, Dermot O’Leary, Chief Economist with Goodbody […]

Capital plan welcomed but concrete timeframes required

There has been a broad welcome for the Government’s capital programme plan from the construction sector. Central to the plan is the creation of 45,000 construction jobs. “The increase in construction jobs and infrastructural projects announced by the Government is a welcome injection of much needed long term investment in the construction sector,” said the […]