‘Minister for Finance Michael Noonan is well aware that a tax on rezoned land profits, introduced after one of the biggest property crashes in global history, was not going to generate revenue in the short term’. Photograph: Getty Images

One of the most despicable aspects of the Celtic Tiger era was the enormous amount of money made from bad planning decisions, driven by the highly pol(...)

The Department of the Environment projections that revised planning legislation to deliver 4,000 social housing units by 2020 have been described as “pie in the sky” by the construction industry.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien / The Irish Times

Department of the Environment projections that revised planning legislation to deliver 4,000 social housing units by 2020 have been described as “pie (...)

Construction Industry Federation director general Tom Parlon: said areas such as Dublin face a crisis in housing supply. Photograph:  Brenda Fitzsimons

A temporary cut in VAT on new homes would help kick-start building in areas facing a housing shortage, said Construction Industry Federation (CIF) (...)

Nama says it has identified potential for up to 25,000 new housing units in sites linked to its debtors.The agency said funding was already in place t(...)

The Construction Industry Federation seven-point plan for the building sector includes all the old reliables. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Any hope that six years of austerity and financial hardship would have instilled a measure of caution in relation to the State’s finances has been (...)

CIF claims its plan would see the delivery of 20,000 housing units by 2016. Photograph: Frank Miller

The Construction Industry Federation has released a seven-point strategy designed to double the country’s housing stock within two years. It says the (...)

After the financial crisis and the property crash, few would have then predicted that by 2014 the Irish economy would once again be the fastest growin(...)

The ESRI report says an average of 12,500 new homes needs to be built every year

Only 2,000 new homes will be built in the Dublin area this year despite the urgent need for housing in the capital, Construction Industry Federatio(...)

Falling pharmaceutical exports due to the patent cliff are acting as a drag on total exports. (Photograph:  DIBYANGSHU SARKAR/AFP/Getty Images)

FIONA REDDANThe Central Statistics Office (CSO) this morning released weaker than expected trade data, with the trade surplus for the first ten month(...)

ISME chief executive Mark Fielding said today’s budget would go some way towards helping Ireland to regain its competitiveness. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Reaction from the business community to today’s budget was mixed. The retention of the 9 per cent VAT rate for the hospitality sector was broadly welc(...)