“How are ordinary house buyers who scrimp and save for a mortgage supposed to compete with this?” File photograph: iStock

The Taoiseach was right to look concerned. It’s a total sickener. A new strain has emerged. “There is something new in what happened over the weeke(...)

Government figures show it has taken almost a year to issue felling licences needed to help meet the Republic’s growing demand for timber. File photograph: Jill Jennings/Forestry Commission/PA

Government figures show it has taken almost a year to issue felling licences needed to help meet the Republic’s growing demand for timber. Delays in (...)

A rise in construction materials costs is the latest setback to hit the industry. Photograph: Andy Rain/EPA

The snow that literally froze Texas and Louisiana in February has unexpectedly turned up the heat on Irish builders returning after a sustained Covid-(...)

‘The increases are due to very severe supply shortages,’ says Martin Mackey, chief executive of the Hardware Assocation of Ireland

Builders face double-figure raw material price hikes as the industry gears up for full reopening next week. Work on offices, hotels and other commerc(...)

The public works contract awards deals on the basis of the lowest price submitted. Photograph: iStock

Contractors working on major road projects sought more than €850 million over agreed tender prices, new figures show. Data released to The Irish Time(...)

‘Construction’s a tight margin business and there’s very little room between a project making money and becoming an abysmal failure.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Building roads is a precise feat of engineering, but according to one industry veteran, the current system for awarding and winning contracts induces (...)

Private residential construction accounts for a significant share of the 60 per cent of building industry now shut under Level 5 restrictions. Photograph: iStock

Covid-19 curbs could cut new homebuilding this year to just 16,000, less than half the 34,000 needed annually to tackle the housing crisis, experts wa(...)

Taoiseach Micheál Martin addresses the nation at Government Buildings in Dublin on Tuesday. Photograph: Julien Behal Photography/PA Wire

The Government’s plan to ease Covid-19 restrictions has been criticised by hospitality and construction industry groups, as well as by Opposition poli(...)

 Dublin construction site. Up to €3 billion in construction output is expected to be lost nationally this year due to pandemic restrictions. File photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

On Wednesday, the construction industry’s top lobbyist, former Progressive Democrats politician Tom Parlon, joined diplomats on a guided tour of the b(...)

As the vaccination campaign expands, more people receive coverage and fewer people fall ill as a proportion of the infected population, the daily case count will become less important. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

In a country that fixates on the daily Covid-19 case tally, the interruption – perhaps even the reversal – of progress in suppressing the virus feels (...)

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