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Although construction activity is growing fast, suppliers’ delivery times    continue to lengthen considerably. Photograph: iStock

Construction activity continued to ramp up at a rapid pace in June following the loosening of restrictions, according to the latest purchasing manager(...)

In addition to a surge in new materials orders, there was also a wave of hiring as sites reopened and builders were allowed back on the job. Photograph: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Purchasing activity in the construction sector increased in May at the sharpest monthly rate since February 2016, as the lifting of lockdown restricti(...)

Ulster Bank’s index for the construction sector as a whole rose to 49.3 in April, up from a March reading of 30.9. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

Activity in the Irish house-building sector bounced back strongly last month following the lifting of Covid-related restrictions on residential constr(...)

Dublin’s docklands: Almost 60 per cent of builders  expect to expand over the next 12 months.

Builders are becoming “increasingly upbeat about the prospects for recovery” despite the strain of lockdown, according to an index that tracks sentime(...)

Substantial reductions in activity were seen across each of the three monitored categories

Construction activity ground to a halt in January due to the Covid lockdown, ending a two-month sequence of growth. The Ulster Bank construction purc(...)

Report notes job creation in construction was at an 18-month high in December. Photograph: Getty

The construction industry finished 2020 in “expansion mode” fuelled by housebuilding, according to the authors of Ulster Bank’s construction purchasin(...)

Housing activity rebounded for the first time in three months during October

Construction activity neared stabilisation in the Republic in October, albeit with reports of some ongoing disruption due to the coronavirus pandemic,(...)

The construction industry fears activity will be hit again if the Government  introduces tighter pandemic controls in the coming months.

Construction activity showed signs it was approaching stabilisation in the Republic in September, having spent the summer recovering from the Covid-19(...)

The Central Bank is now predicting just 16,000 housing completions this year, instead of 26,000.

The Irish construction industry has suffered its worst quarterly decline on record, with output slumping by 45.2 per cent between April and June, acco(...)

Politically, one of the striking figures in the CSO survey is that just 8 per cent of those laid off in quarter two and who are now on the PUP do not expect to return to their previous employment. Photograph: iStock

Quarterly jobs figures are usually one of the best ways of taking the pulse of the economy. While the latest figures have been complicated hugely by t(...)

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