CIF Warns Deferring Infrastructure Investment Is Not Advisable

“Whilst a commitment to increase infrastructure investment is welcome; waiting until 2019 to increase investment will consign many of Ireland’s regions to a decade of lost growth, exacerbate social inequalities and continue to see Dublin congest. If it’s a good idea to invest in 2019 to improve the economy and address the housing issue, lack of […]

Withdrawal Of Help To Buy Scheme Hill Compound Housing Crisis – CIF

The Construction Industry Federation (CIF) has warned that any withdrawal of the Help-To-Buy (HTB) Scheme will further restrict Ireland’s housing supply and compound the housing crisis. CIF Director General Tom Parlon said: “The Help To Buy scheme has been a significant contributor to the growth in residential construction activity. Any suggestion of a withdrawal of […]

Ireland’s Top 50 Contractors In Strong Demand Across The Globe

Turnover figures in Top 50 CIF Contractors increased by €1billion in 2017 and exports estimated to have grown five-fold since 2008. Figures compiled by Construction Magazine, for its annual Top 50 listing, show that turnover in Ireland’s leading construction contractors grew by €1billion over a 12-month period as global demand for Irish construction continues to […]

CIF Western Region Gala Ball Returns

The CIF Western Region Gala Ball took place at the Westwood House Hotel in Galway City after a break of eight years. Money was raised on the night for the RNLI and the Croí Heart & Stroke Charity by over 200 members of the Construction Industry. Speaking at the event Chairman of CIF Galway Branch Paul Stewart […]

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 […]

Average couple frozen out of the housing market – CIF

Research shows that average couple (nurse, garda, teacher or civil servants with 5 years’ experience) are unable to secure a mortgage for average priced house.) The Construction Industry Federation’s submission to the Central Bank’s review of its macro-prudential mortgage recommended changes to the rules that would allow the average couple with a strong track record […]

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 […]

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