More and more young girls are considering careers in construction thanks to a number of pioneering women, who have already forged ahead in the industry. Not least the CIF’s former President Mirette Corboy, who served two terms in during the 1980s and 1990s.


These women have not only become leaders in their field of expertise, but also serve as role models for the generations of young women and girls coming behind them; the young women and girls who will eventually take the Irish construction industry into the future.


Today the Irish Times Women’s Podcast features three such women in a frank, funny and lively conversation about what it means to be a woman in the construction industry these days.

Safety is not about reaching minimum industry standards; it is raising the bar and setting new ones, Operations Director of Crane Hire Ltd, Jarlath O’Leary, tells Joanna Kiernan.

ACB Roofing took a lead role in the recent extension of one of Ireland’s busiest shopping centres, Liffey Valley.

This Design and Build project saw ACB Roofing assume a lead role in co-ordination and delivery of specialist design input required for the completion of this complex extension.

The new €26 million development was undertaken in order to add 10,500 m² of shopping and retail area, including six new restaurants over three new floors.

Mark Lohan, BrooksThere are not many Irish businesses that can rival Brooks’ long trading history. Managing Director Mark Lohan tells us how the well-known building suppliers, which has links back to the late 1700s, maintains its reputation for quality and excellence, while constantly striving to stay ahead of the game.

Brooks has been something of an institution in the Irish construction industry since its inception in the late 1700’s, beloved by builders of all sizes for its varied product offering and expert advice.

EoinOne 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 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.

For February and March, 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.