Quarterly Report Shows House Building Increased By Over 30% Last Year

House building activity increased by over 30% in 2016 according to the latest figures from the Construction Industry Federation (CIF).   Tom Parlon, Director General CIF said:   “All measures of house building activity and housing output show a strengthening trend as we begin 2017. However, the planning environment and access to development finance will […]

Safety Must Continue To Be A Priority As Construction Sector Grows

CIF Director General, Tom Parlon, has asked construction companies to redouble their efforts to reduce accidents on site for 2017 at a meeting of leading industry members today. “Construction companies have worked tirelessly with their industry partners to reduce workplace accidents and fatalities. The industry employs over 140,000 people directly and continues to strive to […]

CIF Comment On Central Bank Rule Changes

Following the review of mortgage measures announced by the Central Bank, CIF Director General, Tom Parlon, stated: “The CIF recognises that the Central Bank’s macro-prudential rules are part of a necessary regulatory framework within the Irish banking system. Today’s changes to the deposit rules may assist first-time buyers in securing mortgages. Providing mortgages to this […]

CIF Warns Low Infrastructure Investment Will Confine Regions To Permanent Lower Growth

The Construction Industry Federation (CIF) has warned that the Government’s housing measures and job creation plans will not succeed without a significant increase in infrastructure investment.  The CIF met with officials from the Department of Finance and the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform today to outline their pre-budget proposals. CIF Director General, Tom Parlon […]

Scheme To Increase Apprenticeships In Construction Industry Launched

Four construction companies are participating in a pilot programme where apprentices spend time with each company whilst learning a trade and other critical career skills.  The scheme is being run in conjunction with Solas and the industry is hoping for a national roll-out of the scheme on the basis that it could radically increase the […]

Government Ramping Up Activities To Stave Off Skills Shortage In Construction

CAO applications for construction related courses have increase in this year’s Leaving Certificate.  Architecture and engineering courses saw an increase in interest by students of 13%, and other construction related courses saw an increase of approximately 8%. Tom Parlon, Director General of the Construction Industry Federation (CIF) stated:  “The Irish economy depends on the construction […]

CIF Calls On SMEs To Think Safety To Reduce Workplace Accidents

The Construction Industry Federation has launched its annual construction safety week campaign today and called on all construction companies to set aside time this week to re-emphasis the importance of safety to their employees with a view to further reducing workplace accidents.   The week will commence on September 12th and will see a series […]

Construction Industry Federation Statement On Housing Action Plan

The Construction Industry Federation has welcomed Minister Coveney’s Action Plan for Housing after the strategy was approved at cabinet level today. CIF Director General, Tom Parlon said: “There is widespread agreement that the housing supply shortage is a major challenge facing Irish society.  Today’s strategy is a welcome step in addressing this challenge of unlocking […]

CIF Encourages A Future In Construction For Students

“The construction industry is recovering strongly and is worth more than €14 billion to the Irish economy. So there are plenty of high quality careers in the sector, stated Tom Parlon, Director General of the CIF.  In fact, applications for construction related courses have been on the rise for the past number of years, reflecting […]

Construction Industry Federation Warns Regions Are Being Left Behind

A CIF delegation has warned that the West, Midlands and Northwest regions are being left behind in the terms of economic growth, infrastructure and job creation.  The CIF delegation met with Ms Marian Harkin Independent MEP from the North West constituency on Monday to chart a path to recovery for these regions. Western Region Director, […]

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