CIF director general Tom Parlon said the construction industry has made a significant recovery over the last few years with wages and conditions improving significantly

The State will not be able to deliver on ambitious housing and infrastructure targets unless more is done to encourage workers who left Ireland during(...)

Construction companies  report a squeeze in the numbers of plasterers, carpenters, electricians, bricklayers and plumbers

Last year’s rise in stamp duty and a growing shortage of workers are putting pressure on the Republic’s building industry, according to a new report.(...)

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. (...)

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