You are a Role Model

Share your story and inspire women and girls with an interest in construction.

Women make up just 5.5% of those working in construction in Ireland. Whether you realise it or not, you have the power to be an inspiring role model to women and girls in the industry. We want to share your inspiring stories to show women the importance of their role in construction.

Your story can help inspire women in the industry and women or girls considering a career in construction. More women in construction will lead to a more productive, diverse and efficient industry and this benefits us all.

Please feel free to pass this email on to others, men and women, who’s story can help inspire a more equal and diverse industry.

Help us in #BuildingEquality throughout 2018 by sharing your story in our website or simply share on social media, with a photo, a message or a video by using #BuildingEquality and downloading BuildingEquality logo here

Why you chose a career in construction?
How important/helpful have role models been to you throughout your career?
What we need to do to attract more women and girls into the industry?

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The CIF’s #LottieTour

As part of the #BuildingEquality 2018 campaign, the Construction Industry Federation (CIF) has joined forces with #LottieDolls to challenge traditional perceptions of the industry as being ‘just for the boys’ and encourage more girls to consider construction.  In the run up to International Women’s Day on March 8th and throughout 2018, a number of CIF member companies will feature in Lottie’s #LottieTour as she visits some of Ireland’s greatest construction projects.


Sorcha Flanagan, EHS (Environmental, Health and Safety) Specialist with Wm. O’Brien Crane Hire

Being a 5’3 female EHS specialist and arriving on site in my hard hat and Hi-Viz is certainly not the norm. I’m definitely a minority!

Roseanne Dizon, Student Engineer, Punch Consulting Engineers

As I look forward to graduating in 2019, I am excited about my future in engineering.

Niamh Barry, Manager of Training & Development, Walls Construction

Preconceptions never existed in my home. If you really wanted something you pursued it. It was that simple. I feel the construction industry has so much to offer anyone who enters it. It’s challenging, diverse, and rewarding

Jackie Corcoran, JJ Rhatigan & Company

When I started college in Sligo IT, there were four girls in the entire engineering department. Today that department is actually headed up by a woman.

Louise O’Neill, Project Manager, John Sisk & Sons Ltd

The work can be challenging, but I delight in the sense of achievement that I feel when I pass by a project and I know I that have been a part of its creation and have contributed something positive to my surroundings.

Gráinne Egan, Senior Project Manager, John Paul Construction

There needs to be a greater awareness of what the industry entails and can offer young women that possess the skills, interest and potential to flourish.

Aisling Graham, Quantity Surveyor, Flynn Management & Contractors

Its funny how I ended up studying the course. I went in to a presentation on Quantity Surveying at an open day in IT Sligo in my final year of secondary school by accident and the rest is history! I was hooked!

Adrienne Bryan, Human Resources Manager, BAM Contractors Ltd,

We need to see a construction industry that is society friendly with work life balance better for all, both men and women, and whatever your background. So welcome diversity with open arms.

Lorraine Power, Senior Project Surveyor, JJ Rhatigan & Company

Today’s children are the future of this industry (and all industries) but it is the opinions and views of today’s adults that will further the bid to attain gender equality in the Construction Industry for the decades to come.

Edel Corrigan, Senior Health & Safety Manager, Flynn Management & Contractors

I’m lucky to work in a profession that I enjoy and love. I’m committed to help mentor and advice other women who have an interest in developing a career in this sector and plan to hold others accountable to doing the same.

Johanna Tynys, Product Manager – Electrical Tools & Accessories, Hilti Ireland

It isn’t easy being the first of anything, so we will always need that one brave enough to take the first plunge into the dark.

Leeann Bryan, Business Development Coordinator, Duggan Brothers (Contractors) Ltd

The first place we need to start is with schools, this means more presentations, more discussions and more school visits for our female role models.

Marci Bonham, Managing Director, Hilti

Adjusting our definition of a candidate’s potential as well has how we evaluate her success will require gender-inclusive assessments.

Julie Currid, Co-Founder and COO, Initiafy

Of course, there needs to be more apprenticeships and the government can always do more but there is a real onus on employers.

Tommy Drumm, Managing Director, Collen Construction

There is clear evidence that the best performing companies in the world have more women sitting at Board level.

Sinéad Gorman, Project Design Supervisor, Ashview Consultants

We need more early education for girls to provide a more positive guidance to show that the list of possibilities are endless in the construction industry.

Karen Muldowney, Business Development & Marketing Manager, Manley Construction

We need to promote the role models that we have in the industry and keep this conversation going.

Elizabeth Kavanagh, Stride Treglown

Attracting more women and girls is a matter of opening up and showcasing the exciting and varied opportunities we have in construction.

Aoife Kelly, Digital Marketing Specialist, Hilti Ireland

The #BuildingEquality campaign is essential to address misconceptions and encourage behaviour change. The industry isn’t just for boys – and it’s important to challenge perceptions

Lorraine Brady, Design Manager, BAM Ireland

A Project Director who pushed me from my architectural comfort zone into the world of Project Management saying on a €30 million EPCM project “take the lead you can project manage and you can do it!” I never looked back.

Sarah Kennedy, Business Development Manager, EIDA Solutions

Seeing women succeed in these positions throughout the industry makes it easier for me, and other women to aspire to these positions ourselves.

Janice Galbraith, Account Manager – Steel & Metal, Hilti

STEM subjects can lead to great careers within the construction industry and inform them that there have been many successful females in the construction industry.

Aoife Murphy, Senior Engineer, David Kelly Partnership Chartered Engineers

Shortly after arriving to New Zealand a massive earthquake took place and I worked for over 6 years repairing homes damaged by the earthquake sequence.

Laoise Maher, Project Management, KSN

Apprenticeship are an under used method of training and development in Ireland.

Daniela Creedon, Creedon Construction Ltd

We are designed to be jugglers, out of the box and quick thinkers and problem solvers. These are invaluable additions to any project.

Jen Kelly, Industrial Abseiler / Founder of Women in Trades Network Ireland (WITNI)

It’s not always the employer that needs convincing. We have much to do to persuade women that they are genuinely welcome on site.

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Jean Winters, Director, Industrial Relations, CIF

We need more women participating in construction and those who are already involved we need to see them progressing into more senior roles within the industry. We want to get the message out there that the construction industry is not just for men. ...

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Louise Phelan, Vice-President PayPal

Often you hear that men are persuasive whereas women are pushy or men are smooth, but women are showing off; we get that kind of information all the time and it is up to us to stop it. We all need to make sure that we are clear in the language we ar...

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Tara Flynn, Chairperson, CIF Galway Branch / Director Paul Flynn Construction

I would like to see an increase in female participation within the construction industry. I think having more women involved in this sector will help change the industry for the better. Women make great leaders, and we are all equal in this business...

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Dominic Doheny, President, CIF

We need to work more closely with the education system to ensure that female students know that they are welcome in our industry and that they can build fantastic and fulfilling careers here. I believe that a national awareness campaign fronted by t...

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Tom Parlon, Director General, CIF

Construction is one of the universal languages of global commerce and if you’re trained in Ireland, you are likely to be able to secure work around the world. There are so many varied and interesting career paths in construction in addition to the t...

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About Us

The Construction Industry Federation established the Building Equality Working Group in late 2017.
This group’s key priority is to promote equality of opportunity in the industry and to position construction as a viable and attractive career option for all groups from an early age.

According to the latest statistics available from the CSO of the 147,400 people currently employed in the Irish Construction Industry just 8,100 (5.5%) are women. And yet, the Construction Industry requires over 112,000 additional workers to deliver on the population’s housing needs, the economy’s infrastructure and specialist buildings underpinning FDI.

As an industry leader, the CIF is committed to dispelling the perceptions that our industry is male-orientated and does not present the same opportunities to all and addressing barriers where they exist.

The 2018 #BuildingEquality campaign seeks to change engrained perceptions of the construction industry and promote equality of opportunity for all.


Byrne WallaceCollen