Employment in the construction sector rebounded rapidly in the first quarter of this year, showing an increase of 9,500 new jobs, a rise of 7.8 percent.  This is an increase of 28,000 jobs since the first quarter of 2012.

Tom Parlon: Solving the Housing and Infrastructure crisis

Solving the Housing crisis is a major priority for the new Government.  That much is clear with the appointment of a senior Ministerial position with responsibility for this area. The CIF welcomes the appointment of Minister Coveney and wishes him well in his role.  The CIF will meet the Minister in the coming weeks and we will be putting forward constructive solutions for the Minister around the three key areas of his remit – housing, water and planning.  Our first recommendation will be to address Ireland's infrastructure gap as a platform to solving the housing crisis.  Without addressing both, we may address housing supply issues but end up piling pressure on the Greater Dublin region while our regional economies lose out in attracting foreign direct investment and stagnate.

Construction Industry Federation calls for increased capital investment budget to fast-track essential road, flood defence and water treatment projects.

The Construction Industry Federation has called on the new Government to significantly increase the public capital programme to begin to fast-track essential transport, water and flood defence projects that have stalled.   An analysis carried out by Construction Information Services into the top 100 infrastructure projects in the transport, water treatment and flood defences.

The Construction Industry Federation, in conjunction with the Cork Foundation and Re-Imagine Cork, are delighted to be associated with several regeneration projects in Cork City Centre.