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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(...)

“We lost about seven weeks by virtue of the shutdown. That wasn’t the approach taken in Germany, where construction just wasn’t at the centre of the lockdown measures.” Photograph: Reuters

The Irish construction industry is likely to have suffered the biggest quarterly crash in activity on record as a result of coronavirus, with output f(...)

Cranes reflected against the windows of a Dublin building. Construction activity increased in July. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Construction activity rose for a second straight month in July as the industry continued to recover from a slump caused by a lockdown of the economy a(...)

Despite activity returning to growth at the end of the second quarter, firms continued to lower their staffing levels

Construction activity rose sharply last month as sites reopened following the Covid-19 lockdown. The latest Ulster Bank construction index posted 51.(...)

Covid-19 guidelines at the entrance to a building site in Dublin  city centre. . Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Construction professionals expect it will take at least a year for the industry to rebound to pre-pandemic levels, as builders prepare to start reopen(...)

About a quarter of employers in the State have registered  for the temporary wage subsidy programme to help retain staff in jobs during the coronavirus outbreak. Photograph: Benoit Tessier/Reuters

Almost three-quarters of employers have yet to register for the temporary wage subsidy programme to help retain staff in jobs during the coronavirus (...)

Work on big projects including the National Children’s Hospital stalled across the Republic last week, hitting up to 30,000 jobs. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Construction collapsed at record speed to its lowest level in 11 years as Covid-19 restrictions halted building across the Republic last month, the la(...)

Just over 21,000 homes were built last year and experts believe the sector will deliver about 23,000 this year but nothing near the 35,000 needed to meet demand.

Stormy weather led to a decline in the rate of housebuilding in the Republic last month, according to Ulster Bank. The bank’s latest construction pur(...)

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