CIF statement: Nearly 45% of housing delivery costs are taxes, levies, and cost of finance, not building

12 Dec , 2019  

Statement from James Benson, Director of the Irish Homebuilder Association (IHBA) a constituent association of the Construction Industry Federation (CIF):  “The CIF has welcomed the ESRI’s acknowledgement that the cost of housebuilding must come down to enable increased supply.  Since 2013, we have highlighted the fact that nearly 45% of the cost of housebuilding isn’t […]


Construction Industry urges Contractors to Check Before You Dig!

22 Oct , 2019  

Today’s (Tuesday 22nd) focus is on Working Safely with Electricity, which includes a clear message to all construction personnel to ‘check before you dig’, which relates to the importance of liaising with the respective utility service provider in advance of undertaking works in near proximity.  For example, ESB Networks welcome enquiries on voltage and location […]



Construction Industry kicks off major safety week campaign with focus on mental health and wellbeing in construction

21 Oct , 2019  

Construction companies around Ireland will stage a nationwide ‘stand-down for safety’ on all sites today to mark the beginning of Construction Safety Week which runs from Monday 21st -Friday 25th October 2019. Today’s focus is on Mental Health and Wellbeing in Construction, in accordance with the slogan ‘a strong foundation for a healthy life’, which infers […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]