Ninety-four per cent of Irish construction companies foresee a further ‘significant’ increase in raw material hikes this year. Photograph: iStock

Ninety-four per cent of Irish construction companies foresee a further “significant” increase in raw material hikes this year following a spike in glo(...)

Legislation will put the Construction Industry Register Ireland on a statutory footing but it will continue to be operated by the Construction Industry Federation. Photograph: iStock

Legislation aimed at keeping so-called “cowboy” builders out of the industry has been published by the Government. The Regulation of Providers of Bui(...)

Tom Parlon: as we enter 2022, systemic inertia, not the pandemic, is now the greatest challenge to the delivery of housing, infrastructure, and climate change measures.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Not many people will look back fondly on 2021. In construction, there is some small hope that the year just gone will be the start of a “decade of del(...)

Developer Michael O’Flynn at a development in Lucan in 2016. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Emergency measures to tackle the State’s housing crisis are needed, including changes to zoning and planning rules, according to one of Ireland’s bigg(...)

The Construction Industry Federation this year alone has made 61 representations to Government. Photograph: iStock

The property industry and its army of lobbyists do a great job of bending the Government’s ear. Whether it’s the planning code, apartment standards, o(...)

Beer kegs delivered to a Dublin pub on Tuesday. The budget was a ‘disaster’ for the hospitality industry,  said Restaurants Association of Ireland chief Adrian Cummins. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Business groups have given a mixed response to Budget 2022, with some measures welcomed and others branded “underwhelming”. Alongside relief at the c(...)

There are 127,300 construction workers in the Republic, or almost 6 per cent of the workforce, which is below the European average of 8 per cent.  Photograph: Paulo Nunes dos Santos/Bloomberg

The isolating experience of the Covid-19 pandemic has left some Irish people overseas contemplating a return home but, for many, the cost of living at(...)

The Jealous Wall at Belvedere House: In the 18th century, [...] it was the height of fashion to construct buildings that looked like the skeletal vestiges of long-lost edifices. Photograph: Jane Powers

In the 18th century, when the Protestant Ascendancy was in its pomp, the landlord class spent fortunes building fake ruins. It was the height of fashi(...)

Export sales by the top 50 construction groups rose by almost 29 per cent to €4.25 billion. Photograph: iStock

The largest construction companies in Ireland shrugged off the impact of pandemic restrictions last year, with a rise in turnover for the top 50 membe(...)

 Taoiseach Micheál Martin said housing was the ‘single most urgent and important social issue facing our country at this moment in time’. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The housing crisis has “the potential to be profoundly destabilising” for the country if not responded to appropriately, Taoiseach Micheál Martin has (...)

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