CIF Regional Development Roadmap outlines policy priorities to enable balanced growth.

CIF launches quarterly research showing regions facing chronic underinvestment in infrastructure.

The Construction Industry Federation has warned that low levels of infrastructural investment in regional areas will fundamentally undermine Ireland’s economic performance in the next decade.

The warning came at the launch of the CIF's Regional Development Roadmap in the Tullamore D.E.W Distillery earlier today attended by Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs Heather Humphreys.

Minister Simon Coveney has reaffirmed his commitment to see the Construction Industry Register Ireland put on a statutory footing in the coming months.

Speaking at the CIF Cork Construction Annual Dinner last Friday, the Minister for Housing, Planning Community and Local Government, said that he expected legislation to introduce a mandatory register to be placed before the cabinet within weeks.

Irish homeowners have availed of €1.2 billion in total through the Home Renovation Incentive (HRI) since its launch in 2013. This incentive has facilitated homeowners in carrying out nearly 77,000 home improvement projects over the last three years with an average spend of €16,000 per project. The extension of the HRI to rental properties in late 2014 has also added further activity to this sector.

The Home Renovation Incentive (HRI) provides homeowners with an Income Tax credit at 13.5% of qualifying expenditure on home improvement works carried out on a main home or rental property by qualifying Contractors.

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.