The majority of housing units registered last year were in Dublin. Photograph: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

House building activity increased by more than 30 per cent in 2016, according to the latest figures from the Construction Industry Federation (CIF). (...)

Carpentry jobs are among the most in demand but competition outstrips availability. Photograph: iStock

Jobs in the construction sector have grown substantially over two years but the amount of people looking for work still outpaces opportunities by thre(...)

 The plans allow for an income tax rebate worth up to 5 per cent of the price of a home to a value of €400,000, allowing for a maximum rebate of €20,000. Photograph: Frank Miller

The potential benefit to first-time buyers of an income tax refund scheme announced by the Government could be offset if the plan serves to drive up t(...)

Activity in the construction sector is expected to grow by 9 per cent annually between now and 2020. File photograph: Karim Jaafar/AFP/Getty Images

Irish construction companies are trying to tempt former workers home from abroad to meet rapidly rising demand for trade specialists. The Constructio(...)

New legislation aimed at boosting supply in the housing market is currently going through the Seanad. File photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Ireland’s continuing housing crisis will not be solved unless issues of affordability and security of tenure in the rental sector are addressed, accor(...)

Construction Industry Federation director general Tom Parlon, a  former Progressive Democrats junior minister, argued for smaller apartments, similar to the standards that apply in the UK. Photograph: Eric Luke

Pleas from the Construction Industry Federation for further State concessions for developers, including a radical reduction in apartment sizes, were f(...)

Houses under construction in Dublin: Developers do not have to sell part V property to the local authority and can offer long-term leasing on the homes instead.  Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Revised social housing guidelines have “transformative potential” to deal with the housing and homeless crisis through the leasing of properties to lo(...)

Minister for Housing Simon Coveney was blue in the face fending off criticism that his budget was a one-trick pony . Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The budgetary measures on housing were long anticipated to address affordability, inadequate levels of new homes construction, low housing stock and r(...)

The Construction Industry Federation described measures introduced in the budget as a “significant step towards solving the housing crisis”. File photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Construction Industry Federation: The federation (CIF) has described measures introduced in the budget as a “significant step towards solving the hou(...)

Central Bank chief economist Gabriel Fagan said it was hard to make an argument for stimulus in an economy growing at 4.5 per cent. Photograph: Alan Betson

The Central Bank’s chief economist has questioned the need for additional stimulus in a strongly growing economy, as the Government prepares to unveil(...)

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