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Help to Buy scheme extension alone will not address affordability gap for average couple – CIF

8 Oct , 2019  

The CIF has welcomed the Help to Buy scheme but warned it will not address the affordability gap that faces the average couple together with rising construction costs. Director of the Irish Homebuilders Association, James Benson said, “Our analysis shows that average couple, even with the Help to Buy, will struggle to save the required […]

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Housing and infrastructure gaps will exacerbate brexit fallout

2 Oct , 2019  

The housing crisis and infrstructure gaps were the focus at the CIF Annual Conference this morning in Croke Park.  The event was attended by An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy. The Annual Conference follows CIF’s recent Pre-Budget 2020 submission, which highlighted the extension of the Help to Buy scheme as top of […]

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CIF survey: 64% of Construction companies believe they have an inclusive culture

19 Sep , 2019  

The CIF is encouraging construction companies to sign up to a Diversity and Inclusion pledge launched last night by its President Pat Lucey.   Those companies signing up to the CIF Diversity and Inclusion Charter commit to improving D&I in their organisations.   The initiative is seen as a step by industry to ensure all people feel […]

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CIF Budget Submission: Extension of the Help to Buy scheme key to solving housing crisis

10 Sep , 2019  

CIF is calling for an extension of the Help to Buy scheme as a top priority in their recent Pre-Budget 2020 Submission.   Many housebuilders have reported that between 40% and 80% of homes sold to first time buyers are currently enabled by the Help to Buy Scheme.  The measure is considered the most effective intervention […]

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75% of CIF members are not confident that infrastructure projects will materialise in their regions

4 Sep , 2019  

The Southern region of Cork, Limerick and Waterford has seen several essential road projects delayed over the past 18 months. The CIF is warning that the slowdown in investment threatens growth in region in the next five years. In a CIF member survey 75% of respondents were not confident that essential projects Project 2040 will […]

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The Roads to Nowhere: Southern Region being isolated from economic development

27 Aug , 2019  

The Dunkettle Interchange, the M20, M22, N28 upgrade and the Northern Ring Road are considered critical in supporting sustainable economic development to the south of the country. Most of these are now under threat or facing interminable delays. This represents a failure on behalf of the Irish national and local political system to deliver any […]

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90% of skin cancer cases in construction preventable

23 Jul , 2019  

Those spending prolonged periods of time outdoors are at risk of developing skin cancer, with almost 90% of skin cancer cases in the construction industry preventable. For this reason, the Construction Industry Federation (CIF) and the Irish Cancer Society have joined forces to raise awareness of the inherent health risks associated with exposure of unprotected […]

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Construction accidents in decline despite huge increase in activity

19 Jul , 2019  

The construction industry is on track to have the lowest recorded workplace fatalities this year, with two recorded deaths in 2019. The Health and Safety Authority report 164 non-fatal workplace incidents in construction from January to June 2019. These numbers are declining year on year, with 3 fatalities and 278 non-fatal incidents recorded by the […]

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CIF: Technology can prevent accidents, overruns, and conflicts in construction industry

13 Jun , 2019  

72% of Irish construction companies say new technology has improved their productivity in the industry, according to a recent Construction Industry Federation (CIF) survey. According to Sean Downey, CIF Director, Specialist Contracting: “CIF have led the discussion on digital transformation since the establishment of the National BIM Council in 2015. Our primary agenda has been […]

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Increase in construction exports positive step towards ending boom and bust

30 May , 2019  

Construction exports have increased by 22% to €1.97 billion over the last year.  This increase was the largest recorded by any sector according to Enterprise Ireland. Director of Communications and Government Relations, Shane Dempsey, stated: “The reason behind this significant increase is the world-class expertise construction companies have gained in the past decade.  During the […]

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