Housing, Planning and Development

The CIF provides its members with the information and knowledge required to operate successfully in today’s complex, fast-changing and increasingly challenging regulatory and business environment. Supports and services are delivered nationally and through a network of regional branches, giving you unrivalled access to information and channels through which to positively shape the factors driving your business.


With the ever changing landscape of the Irish construction industry in mind and based on over 90 years experience representing the industry, the CIF, through the Irish Home Builders’ Association (IHBA) has developed a range of services designed to support companies engaged in the housing and development sectors and all construction companies that interface with the planning system.

As the leading voice of the home building industry in Ireland, the IHBA, through the grassroots strengths of its members, has effected significant policy change on behalf of the housing industry and is the leading source of information and advisory services on all housing-related planning and development issues.

The IHBA/CIF’s services are delivered through a network of regional branches. With a presence in every county in the country, members are assured of a one-to-one policy, advisory and support service when they need it.

The IHBA/CIF will support and represent members directly when required in discussions with local authorities, state agencies, the construction unions, and at the plethora of labour relations fora including the National Employment Rights Authority, Labour Court, Rights Commissioner Service and the Employment Appeals Tribunal.

On the planning side, members will get expert support on everything from how to get the best deal from your Part V negotiations to issues such as development contributions and taking in charge.

“Members will recoup the cost of membership several times over during the course of the year by accessing the IHBA/CIF comprehensive range of services”

Key Contacts

James Benson – Director of Housing, Planning & Development

James Benson is a qualified Engineer and Quantity Surveyor graduating from Waterford Institute of Technology and Dublin Institute of Technology respectively. James spent several years of his professional career surveying with building contractors before specializing in the field of passive fire protection before joining CIF.

James offers support and advise to the members, liaison with local authorities and is developing a field of expertise within building regulations and planning services for members.

He also services the following regional branches of the CIF – Kildare, Kilkenny/ Carlow, North East, Wicklow/ North Wexford.

Construction Industry Federation

Aine McGinity – Housing, Planning & Development Executive

Before joining the CIF in October 2021, Aine worked in the UK as Enterprise Manager for Overbury Enterprises, a 6,000-acre rural estate in the heart of Gloucestershire.

She is Executive of Housing, Planning and Development and offers support and advice to members of the Irish House Builders' Association (IHBA), whilst representing their interests on various committees and working groups.

Aine has a Master’s Degree in Rural Estate & Land Management from Harper Adams University and a Certificate in Construction Project Management from the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

01 406 6015

Cathy Gurry – Administrator

Cathy joined the CIF in 2003 and over the following years, Cathy worked in the Industrial Relations and Manpower Department giving advice to members regarding Employment Law and HR issues. More recently in addition to advising members in Employment Law, Cathy now offers full-time support to the Housing Director, in an administrative role.

01 4066008


Irish Home Builders Association (IHBA)

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