The €226m Local Infrastructure Housing Activation Fund, which pays for major infrastructure projects to make privately-owed sites viable for housing, is being topped up by €75m.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Local authorities and housing bodies are expected to build 3,800 social houses and apartments in 2018 as part of an overall social housing funding pac(...)

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe  announced a tripling of the stamp duty payable by purchasers in commercial property transactions. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe has announced commercial stamp duty refunds to purchasers of residential sites, if they start building homes on t(...)

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe at the Department of Finance   with TD Peter Burke. Photograph: Cyril Byrne.

Expect to hear the word “sustainable” a lot today, as Paschal Donohoe and Leo Varadkar seek to make a virtue of the extremely tight budgetary spot in (...)

Apprenticeships are expanding and offer brilliant opportunities to develop a wide range of skills. File photograph: iStockPhoto

I’m interested in exploring the option of an apprenticeship for my son, who’s due to sit his Leaving Cert next year. His strengths are in hands-on act(...)

An additional 112,000 workers will be needed over the next four years to deliver the Government’s ambition of 35,000 annual housing units. Photograph: Alan Betson

MONDAY Indicators: Irish construction PMI (Sep); German industrial production (Aug). Meetings: Food on the Edge symposium on future of food industry(...)

Irish construction activity accelerated in September, though the rate of job creation across the industry pulled back from elevated levels in previous months. Photograph: Alan Betson

Irish construction activity accelerated in September, though the rate of job creation across the industry pulled back from elevated levels in previous(...)

The ESRI last week warned that the Government may soon need to consider raising personal taxes to counteract the inflationary pressures associated with a major uptick in capital spending

Nearly two-thirds of Irish-based construction firms have reported difficulties in securing bank finance in the past year, according to a survey by acc(...)

Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy. The controversial grant scheme for first-time buyers is to remain almost completely unchanged in next week’s budget

The controversial grant scheme for first-time buyers is to remain almost completely unchanged in next week’s budget despite previous consideration of (...)

Construction Industry Federation director of industrial relations Jean Winters joins panel members at the launch of the CIF Women in Construction Network. Photograph: Conor McCabe

Greater efforts must be made by parents, teachers and school guidance counsellors to encourage teenage girls to consider careers in the construction i(...)

Despite the dearth of supply in new homes, the pipeline of new apartments  appears sluggish at best, according to new planning permission figures.

Planning permissions are rocketing, with a 42 per cent increase reported in the year to June 2017. However, it’s unlikely to feed into a significant b(...)

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