Dermot Carey

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About three-quarters of builders warned that the labour squeeze was hitting their ability to finish new homes and infrastructure on time.

Builders are struggling to hire skilled workers in key trades, hitting their ability to finish houses and infrastructure on time, a new study shows. (...)

Many Irish gardens are filled with one of the best and earliest-ever displays of snowdrops. Photograph: Moment/Getty

If you’re an experienced gardener, then you’ll already know that plants have surprisingly scant regard for the calendar year. Instead seasonality is a(...)

Nearly there . . . just the vegetables and sauces to consider now. Photograph: iStock.

There are people, believe it or not, who make three kinds of potato to serve with Christmas dinner. Roasties are essential, mash should be optional, a(...)

’Tis the season . . . to eat Brussels sprouts

Where did it all go wrong? How did Brussels sprouts become the butt of so many jokes? Could it be the sulphuric smell that often trails in their wake,(...)

Freshly picked ruby chard. Photograph: Richard Johnston

As gardeners, it’s fair to say that we’re rarely happy with the Irish weather. “Too cold” was our gripe only a few short months ago, after which it wa(...)

Figures show that 30 apprentice plasterers registered in 2017 compared with 310 in 2006. Floor and all tiling had 46 registered apprentices in 2006, but none last year.  Photograph: Getty Images

Builders will need to hire 112,000 skilled workers over the next five years to fill a growing shortage that threatens the industry’s ability to meet d(...)

Denis Cotter of  Paradiso, Washington Street, Cork. “I’ve got the cushiest job in the world.” Photograph:  Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

Birthdays, deaths, weddings, divorces, new jobs, lost jobs . . . favourite neighbourhood restaurants often play host to some of life’s defining moment(...)

Gill Meller: the River Cottage chef will be cooking a harvest supper at Burtown House, Co Kildare on October 20th

Chef and River Cottage team member Gill Meller, whose cookery book Gather was one of last year’s food publishing highlights, is coming to Ireland to c(...)

Spiralling insurance premiums are placing an “unsustainable” burden on construction firms, according to the Construction Industry Federation. Member(...)

A civil engineer with one to two years’ experience can expect a salary of around €30,000, rising to up to €50,000 or more after five years’ experience. Photograph: iStockphoto/Getty Images

The figures don’t lie: there was a 20 per cent rise last year in the number of college applicants opting for construction-related courses along with a(...)

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