Eaton As Ireland builds for the future, Eaton Group is helping commercial property developers, owners and managers ensure the highest standards of safety, efficiency and sustainability. The $20 billion power management company, which has its headquarters in Pembroke Road, Dublin, and a warehouse and distribution operation in Maynooth, recognises that a building and its infrastructure are the foundation of any business. From medium and low voltage switchgear and uninterruptible power supplies to mains lighting, the right technologies and services are integral to the protection of people, assets and productivity.

Harry Mc Ardle, who set up Height for Hire in 1978, tells us about business, family and survival.

Height for Hire is the largest privately owned MEWP access rental company in the UK and Ireland, with over 2,000 machines in its fleet and 20 depots across Ireland, the UK, Hungary and Slovakia.

Back in the 1970s, before there was Height for Hire, Founder and Chairman Harry Mc Ardle ran a sludge disposal and water jetting business in Co. Louth. On one particularly tough day at a local industrial plant Harry looked up at his first aerial platform and never looked back.

tom-parlon CIF Director General, Tom Parlon discusses the strong construction levels, infrastructure and housing plans across Ireland and encourages Irish working overseas to consider coming home and be involved in the industry at a very exciting time.

All the signs are that 2017 will be a busy year for the construction industry and this should include Government projects as well as private projects.

Contractors need to be aware as of 9th January 2017 it is mandatory for Contracting Authorities (“CA’s”) to use the revised versions of the Public Works Contracts suite of documents and no further amendments are permitted to same. Therefore contractors should familiarise themselves with the revisions so they can tender properly and operate the project effectively.


One of the major challenges facing the construction industry over the next three years is the lack of skilled personnel available to complete the regeneration of Ireland’s built landscape.

There is an estimated shortage of 112,000 people in the industry, with a particular shortage of experienced architects and engineers at all levels. As well as engineers and architects, skilled craftspeople are desperately needed – the number of skilled craftspeople working in Ireland in 2015 was 48,900, but an additional 36,000 skilled craftspeople (including apprentices) will be needed by 2020. See DKM report.

Over the next few weeks, CIF will be running a series of interviews with returned emigrants who have come home to work in the industry in Ireland – why they left, why they came home and their hopes and fears for the future. Through this we hope to give insight into the expectations they have about working in Ireland, what motivated them to return home, and discover what Ireland and the construction industry can do to attract valuable personnel back to Ireland.