Tom Parlon, director general  of the Construction Industry Federation. File photograph: Eric Luke

Ambitious Government housing and development plans mean nothing unless serious work is done on fixing issues which are holding back the construction s(...)

Officials accept that delivering on the retrofit programme will require a new approach, and is working towards a one-stop shop that will streamline the process for homeowners and builders, with whole areas being done at the same time. Photograph: iStock

Plans to deep retrofit half a million homes in the Republic to help meet climate change goals by 2030 are unrealistic, the head of builders’ lobby gro(...)