Donnybrook’s beloved Beaver Row Footbridge returned to use in 2015 thanks to an intricate job by Clonmel Enterprises.

The footbridge, which connects Beaver Row to Brookvale Road in Donnybrook, Dublin was constructed circa 1880 and is considered a landmark of Donnybrook.

DermotCollierFrom humble beginnings in 1991, acol ltd has grown to become one of Ireland's leading building restoration services and facade cleaning company. CEO and Founder Dermot Collier tells us how the company has earned a reputation for excellence and stepping into projects at critical junctures.

Acol’s first contract was for window repairs at Crumlin Hospital. The company was then asked to clean walls at the hospital and from this first contract, Acol has since grown into one of the Ireland’s most successful building restoration and façade cleaning specialists.

ShaneWalshOne 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.

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.