There is no typical Heritage project, but there are typical challenges that present during the course of carrying out major works on an historic building or other structure.

Confined spaces, undoing inappropriate repairs and finding contractors with the right skills and ethos were all in a day’s work when the Duggan Brothers worked at St Mary’s in Kilkenny. As were the conditions of the Public Works Contract and even a visit from storm Barney, who put in an appearance along the way in November 2015.

Tara Flynn of Paul Flynn Construction pictured with Kerry footballer Tomás Ó Sé. Paul Flynn Construction has be the proud sponsor of local Padraig Pearses, Roscommon senior GAA team for over 18 years.

Ballinasloe-based Construction Company, Paul Flynn Construction Ltd. has been building and developing quality projects all over Ireland since 1975.

Director Tara Flynn spoke to us about the family business, which has built its reputation on strong traditional values. When Paul Flynn Senior founded Paul Flynn Construction in the mid-1970s the company’s primary focus was on the private residential market. However, nearly a half century later, the company has adapted and grown to meet the demands of the industry. These days Paul Flynn Construction is a leading figure in educational and commercial construction nationwide.

Sean Downey

Digitising Construction - What is the best approach for Ireland?

The Construction Industry Federation have in 2016 established a new subcommittee consisting of 18 different member company representatives from across the different contracting disciplines.

One of the first tasks of this new group is to determine a present state analysis of BIM (Building Information Modelling) and to assist in the development of a contemporaneous policy position, from a contractor's perspective.

Tom McHugh ICDSOpportunities in construction for those returning home are growing:

Ten years ago the number of people directly employed in the construction industry reached a peak in excess of 270,000. As our economy crashed, our industry convulsed and by 2013 those numbers had fallen to less than 100,000. While many skilled workers chose to leave construction altogether, thousands more sought to earn a living in the UK, Canada, Australia, the Middle East, Scandinavia and the Benelux countries.

Geoscience Ireland is the collaborative network of 29 Irish geoscience companies bringing integrated geotechnical expertise to civil, structural, water, minerals and environmental developments in over 50 countries. 

Supported by the Geological Survey of Ireland and Enterprise Ireland, Geoscience Ireland’s network of experts provides design, consultancy and contracting services to the public and private sectors as well as to multilateral development and financial institutions.