September saw the removal – attended by masked gardaí – of “Take Back The City” housing activists from a property at 34 North Frederick Street, Dublin 1. Six activists were arrested. Photograph:  Jack Power

The year began with fireworks when the outgoing head of the Housing Agency Conor Skehan suggested people may be “gaming the system” by presenting them(...)

The decline in building activity was at its worst in Dublin city; however, there was a drop in home building in Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown of 15% to 1,322, and in South Dublin of 12% to 1,138 homes. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The number of homes under construction in Dublin city is down almost 50 per cent on last year, with a 20 per cent drop across the region as a whole, a(...)

“If you come back, will the job that you take be sustainable or will it be a short-term situation?” Photograph: Frank Miller

Lingering doubts about the long-term sustainability of the Irish construction sector is thwarting efforts to recruit overseas workers, a major buildin(...)

Budget 2019 elicited a range of varying reactions from the business community. File photograph: Getty Images

“Removing the 9 per cent VAT rate in today’s budget is a kick in the teeth for the hospitality sector,” Vintners’ Federation of Ireland “After a (...)

Money is to be spent on expanding the Luas

The Government plans to spend €286 million on roads and other infrastructure next year. The money is part of an overall €1.4 billion extra that the (...)

Abbey executive chairman Charles Gallagher. Photograph: Alan Betson

The Government should scrap VAT on houses to boost the supply of new homes, even it means higher profits for developers, according to Charles Gallaghe(...)

Chairman and group chief executive of Ballymore Group Seán Mulryan: “Because there aren’t enough tradesmen, they’re going to call the tune.” Photograph: Alan Betson

Ballymore Group’s founder Seán Mulryan, one of the highest-profile developers s to come through the property crash, has warned that surging construct(...)

 Anglo-Irish bank Headquarters on St Stephen’s Green, Dublin. Photograph: Julien Behal/PA Wire

Seamus Murphy was something of a maverick in Dublin’s small stockbroking community in late 2006 when he suddenly turned negative on Irish banks. That(...)

Construction Industry Federation director-general Tom Parlon warned that “myriad State agencies and regulatory bodies” did not match national commitments. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

State agencies, councils and regulators are slowing the construction of new homes in the Republic, builders say. In its pre-budget submission, the Co(...)

Aislinn Smith with her fellow manufacturing technician apprentices Marc O’Rourke, Ben Madden,  Garrett Collins and Paul McDonnell.

College has long been sold as the be-all and end-all of education. In recent years, however, that narrative is changing. In 2014, Solas took over th(...)

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