Most new houses outside urban centres

An ESRI report has found that demand for housing is greatest in Dublin, the Dublin commuter counties and other larger cities including Cork and Galway. However, the increase in housing completions recorded between the first quarter of 2013 and the last quarter of 2015 was concentrated outside of these regions. The disparity of pricing between […]


Strong demand mixed with challenges says developer

Woodbank at Shankill, County Dublin is currently being developed by Ravenshall Developments which is run by Matt Gallagher, Eoin Gallagher and Frank Gunning. The scheme consists of 40 houses and 18 apartments and duplexes – all fitted out to the highest specifications. Weather permitting they are looking at a late April launch. There is a […]


ISIF – “We’re very keen to engage with you”

“We’re open for business” was the message from the Ireland Strategic Investment Fund (ISIF) when it met with CIF members in a Tullamore hotel recently. The business is developer finance and ISIF says it has over €7.8bn to invest in a range of projects including private and social housing. Eugene O’Callaghan, Director, ISIF, told his […]


“Housing crisis across all sectors in Cork”

At a recent breakfast briefing in Cork organised by CIF Southern Region, Frank Ryan, Director with DTZ Sherry Fitzgerald, gave a presentation about the viability of new residential construction in Cork. He set out his stall by saying the sales price for a new three-bed semi in Cork is €250 per sq ft. “Anything below […]


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. […]


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 […]


Clancy Construction development wins regeneration award

The housing development at Chairman’s Arch, Cathedral Square, in Waterford recently won the 2015 Irish Council of Social Housing Award for Regeneration. Declan Fitzpatrick, Contracts Director with Clancy Construction, spoke about the challenges faced during the project: “This development is located on a historic site in the heart of Waterford city in an area known […]


150 construction jobs for Cherrywood development

Developers in south county Dublin are this week submitting a planning application for a major road network investment that will mark the first phase of development of a new town centre and upgraded business park at the Cherrywood Strategic Development Zone (SDZ) in South Dublin. This first stage will create 150 new construction jobs when work […]


CIF in Cork seeks urgent action on housing crisis

The CIF in Cork says that supply of housing in the city in no way matchs demand. According to CIF Regional Director, Conor O’Connell, statistics in the first 9 months of 2015 show that only 658 units commenced construction in Cork City & County. Of those 346 were one-off units which will not reach the market. […]


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 […]