The plan to retrofit 500,000 homes to improve their energy efficiency will require workers in that area to increase from 4,000 to 17,000 by 2024. Photograph: iStock

More women workers need to be attracted into building jobs to ensure the demands of major Government housing and retrofitting projects can be met, acc(...)

There were 138 contractors in the Irish market, but this has decreased to 77. Photograph: iStock

Contractors have significant concerns over the viability of current contracts due to supply chain issues and hyperinflation, representatives from the (...)

Construction Industry Federation (CIF) director says Minister has asked the Office of Government Procurement to come back with firm proposals to tackle the problem by next week. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe

Government officials will next week propose possible solutions for builders who risk losing millions of euro on State contracts as a consequence of i(...)

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A perfect storm created by lockdowns, supply-chain disruption and Britain formally departing the EU saw the costs of building materials rise, with ste(...)

Joe Cosgrave, pictured in 2007. Photograph: David Sleator

The death has occurred of Dublin property developer Joe Cosgrave (62) of Cosgrave Property Group. Alongside his brothers Michael and the late Peter,(...)

Roof insulation: If the retrofit scheme is going to work – and it must work if we are to take real action on climate change – the Government must deal with a glaring deficit in construction skills. Photograph: iStock

When the Government announced its ambitious plan to retrofit 75,000 houses a year, three thoughts tumbled over one another. This is great. Who’s going(...)

Some 17,000 workers are needed to enable 75,000 houses to be retrofitted between 2026 and 2030 – when a housing crisis needs unrelenting attention.  Photograph: iStock

The Government’s new retrofitting programme adds up to its single biggest infrastructure investment up to 2030; €8 billion stumped up by the State. Al(...)

In addition to cost, the scale of the work required to retrofit a house can be off-putting but there are also benefits other than the savings according to experts. Photograph: iStock

The Government is set to announce details of its biggest ever home insulation scheme, under which grants of more than €25,000 will be offered to indiv(...)

Sam Donnelly, Co Director of Sam’s Barbers in the Blanchardstown shop, one of seven in the barber chain. Photograph: Alan Betson

Salaries for top roles in the cash-rich finance and technology sectors may be up by one fifth, but it isn’t just in multinationals that employers face(...)

Construction Industry Federation director general Tom Parlon.

The Construction Industry Federation (CIF) appears to have taken a leaf from the Football Association of Ireland’s book, by giving a contract to a vet(...)

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