Annette Annette Hughes, Director DKM Economic Consultants explains the skills shortage currently facing the Irish Construction Industry in Ireland. A report commissioned by CIF and carried out by DKM Economic Consultants states that construction activity can sustain an additional 112,000 jobs up to 2020 with an estimated €17.8billion worth of projects in the pipeline in 2017.

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.