New figures show that house building drove a sharp increase in activity in the sector in March. Photograph:  Alan Betson

Builders are warning of a looming skills shortage as new figures show their industry continues to expand on the back of the Republic’s housing squeeze(...)

Post-boom ghost estate: Some 45,000 new homes must be built in Ireland’s five cities over the next three years.  Photograph: Eric Luke

Tom Parlon of the Construction Industry Federation is never slow to defend builders. In his world, more houses would be built if value added tax and p(...)

Fitted kitchens and attic conversions are some of the works included in the government’s HRI scheme. Photograph: iStock

Homeowners have spent over €1.7 billion upgrading their property under the Home Renovation Incentive (HRI). The Construction Industry Federation is n(...)

Key labour shortages will have to be fixed  if the Government’s  €115bn National Development Plan is to be successful, the construction industry has warned. File photograph: Sergei Malgavko/TASS via Getty Images

Key labour shortages will have to be fixed and rising construction inflation curbed if the Government’s €115 billion National Development Plan (NDP) i(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar launching Project Ireland 2040  at Sligo Institute of Technology. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

As reaction to the National Development Plan emerges, there is a clear divide between the business and industry sectors which have broadly welcomed ne(...)

Real fires are comforting, but wildly inefficient

New building regulations introduced in 2014 have effectively banned the open fire from newly built homes in an attempt to comply with European Union e(...)

Help-to-buy scheme ‘made housebuilding viable again’. Photographer: Dara MacDónaill

An Bórd Pleanála has received 13 planning applications for developments that could see the construction of up to 4,000 housing units under the Governm(...)

There has been an increase in the number of new apprenticeships offered to students across a wide range of industry sectors in recent years. Photograph: iStock

Even though most of the focus for college choice is on the CAO system, it’s important to remember there are a wide range of other career routes. (...)

The CIF says  Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy’s recent changes to apartment building standards were a vindication of its  position that apartment building had become too prohibitive

New housing commencements are expected to surpass 15,000 this year for the first time since 2008, pointing to a significant pick-up in house-building,(...)

The Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland lobbied Paschal Donohoe to eliminate VAT entirely on residential construction for affordable units below €300,000. Photograph: Getty Images

The Department of Finance is concerned moves to reduce VAT on residential construction could lead to fraud and tax avoidance among property developers(...)

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