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(...)

The nature of the crime can be both opportunistic and targeted. Courtney says that of the crimes reported within the construction industry in the past year, 90 per cent involved the theft of tools.   Photograph:  Colin Keegan/Collins

“People magpie them. We refer to them as magpies. It is fairly common,” says Billy Wall, the head of one of the trade unions representing workers in t(...)

Tom Parlon rejected suggestions that CIRI lacked independence and transparency. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Proposed legislation requiring mandatory registration of builders is not sufficiently robust, lacks independence and has inadequate protection for con(...)

People should be allowed to buy a Porsche if they want and shouldn’t be forced to buy a Lada

In July 2016, the Pensions Authority issued a consultation document which set out a package of proposals aimed at reforming and simplifying supplement(...)

Streetscape scarf: Sarah Swan’s Cuba-themed scarf is produced in Italy and digitally printed on fine cotton

Plyhouse can be anything you want The furniture and lighting designer Leo Scarff has come up with a clever multifunctional wooden structure – the Ply(...)

Budget measure: Stamp duty on commercial property including development land will increase to 6 per cent this week from 2 per cent. Photograph: iStock.

The Government will clarify key questions about the new stamp duty rates on commercial property shortly, according to the Minister for Housing Eoghan (...)

Rise and fall: Construction boom and bust cycles are putting young people off pursuing a career in the industry, says Iput’s Tom Costelloe. Photograph: Getty

Building’s boom and bust cycle deters young people from following careers in the industry, leading figures warned on Thursday. Tom Costelloe, head of(...)

Leo Varadkar confirmed that his administration intends lifting the restrictions in city centres and along key transport routes. Photograph: Cole Burston/Bloomberg

The Government hopes to pass new laws lifting height restrictions on residential buildings by the end of the year, according to Taoiseach, Leo Varadka(...)

A Construction Industry Federation survey found that 63 per cent of developers seeking to build homes at a time of chronic undersupply have reported difficulty in securing financing. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Another budget, another acronymed agency to get our heads around. Step forward, House Building Finance Ireland (HBFI), a new beauty unveiled by Minis(...)

Since Nama was tasked in 2014 with helping to deliver more homes in Ireland to alleviate undersupply, the agency has delivered almost 5,600 homes, with a further 3,000 under construction

The National Asset Management Agency (Nama) expects to provide outsourced services to the Government’s planned Home Building Finance Ireland (HBFI), w(...)

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