The Construction Industry Federations South East Construction Ball 2017 was held in Faithlegg House Hotel, Faithlegg Co. Waterford on Friday the 10th of February, kindly sponsored by Opel, Roadstone and Saint-Gobain. It was the first such construction event in the South East since 2008. The event proved to be a great success with over 160 attendees from member companies, our sponsors, as well as distinguished guests of the CIF South East Branch.

Shocked. That’s the reaction of nearly everyone when they find out that in our cities there are 13 empty homes for every homeless adult. At Peter McVerry Trust, through our partnership with the CIF and others, we know that empty homes can be brought back to use quickly, effectively and offer quality homes.

The scale of housing need in Ireland clearly requires a broad response to boost housing availability. There is an obvious need for new build housing developments as we seek adequate supply levels. However, new build projects should mask the vast potential within the empty homes area and allow that potential to go unfulfilled.

The CIF and Peter McVerry Trust have launched a collaborative partnership aimed at supporting the trust’s efforts to house the homeless. Throughout 2017 the CIF will encourage its members to lend their resources and skills to Peter McVerry projects around the country.

DermotDermot Carey CIF’s head of the Safety, Health and Manpower gives food for thought to school leavers.

It is an exciting time for those entering the Construction Industry, with demand for skilled workers on the increase, competitive salaries and packages on the rise and the opportunity to work in on challenging and innovative projects increasing by the day.

SarahSarah Doyle, Engineering & Operations Consultant at Lincoln Recruitment discusses the move home after her experience working abroad in Dubai, missing the  proper Irish fry and what consultants like herself can help with when you consider the move back to Ireland.