There won’t be “a mad increase” like 40 per cent in the cost of the new National Children’s Hospital as a result of measures to prevent the spread of Covid-19, Tom Parlon said on Friday. File photograph: Alan Betson

The director general of the Construction Industry Federation (CIF), Tom Parlon has said he “misspoke” at an Oireachtas committee earlier this week whe(...)

Cost increases of such a scale could add hundreds of millions of euro to the current estimates for the new children’s hospital which currently are more than € 1.7 billion. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The cost of building complex projects such as the National Children’s Hospital could increase by up to 40 per cent as a result of new safety measures (...)

The Construction Industry Federation has drawn up a detailed operating procedure for the reopening and will be subject to the wider protocol agreed between Government, employers and trade unions. Photograph: Alex Davidson/Getty

Today the first tentative steps are being taken to reopen the economy. It is an important milestone and it seems appropriate to move now, given the re(...)

The Health and Safety Authority is responsible for inspecting workplaces as they reopen, to ensure physical distancing measures are in place. File photograph: The Irish Times

The construction sector will be among the big industries to reopen under the Government’s plan to ease coronavirus restrictions as part of phase one n(...)

The Health and Safety Authority will oversee compliance with the protocol and will be able to shut down workplaces which do not adhere to the  measures.   Photograph: Justin Tallis/AFP/Getty

Every employer has “an absolute duty” to adhere to the new workplace safety protocols announced by the Government which are not “discretionary”, the I(...)

The minimum entry requirement for apprenticeships  – managed through the State training agency Solas  – is for a a learner to have achieved the Junior Cert/Junior Cycle. Photograph: iStock

My son in third year has always wanted to be an electrician and is determined to leave school before the Leaving Cert and start an apprenticeship. Giv(...)

There is speculation that construction and non-essential manufacturing work could return  by around the middle of May. Photograph: iStock

A protocol including detailed plans of how businesses will reopen is being worked on by Government, unions and businesses in conjunction with the Heal(...)

An affordable housing scheme in Ballymun in north Dublin built by Ó Cualann Cohousing. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

The developer behind the only “affordable housing” project built in the State for more than a decade is to restart work on-site this week in defiance (...)

We can do it: a mural by the artist Emmalene Blake on a gate in Dublin thanks healthcare workers on the frontline during the coronavirus pandemic. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

Intense discussions are taking place behind closed doors among politicians, health officials and others about when to begin reopening IRELAND, and (...)

Employees must feel safe going back to work and consumers will only start returning to shopping and eating out when they feel any risk is small. Photograph: iStock

The Government is considering a gradual lockdown exit strategy after May 5th – as yet the details are unclear. But what will life be like for employee(...)

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