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# Building

All time
Here are some of the best Irish designed buildings. What's your favourite?
A shortlist of 48 projects have been selected by a jury and now the public are being asked to vote for the one they like best.
# cross my heart
Enda Kenny on property: I promise you there is no going back to the past
An Taoiseach plans a tripling of housing output by 2020 but says its about addressing supply problems.
# One Year On
"Pay up!" ... Clothing companies under pressure over compensation for Rana Plaza victims
Nearly 1,150 people died in the Bangladesh factory collapse one year ago today. Many international retailers still aren’t contributing to the victim fund, according to Human Rights Watch.
# diy
Ten houses built in 24 hours? All is possible with 3D printing
A Chinese company printed the houses out of recycled material.
# back to bricks
Construction sector growth scales 2006 peaks
Employment and growth back on the menu for builders, albeit from a low base.
# building futures
320 Irish volunteers arrive in Africa to build classrooms and playground
The Niall Mellon Township Trust is aiming to help 10,000 pupils by the end of this year.
# Rana Plaza
Primark to pay €7m compensation to workers over Bangladesh building collapse
The company has already distributed $2m to workers and their families.
# Explosion
Fifth person dies after Manhattan building collapse
The death toll is expected to rise as the search goes on through the rubble of the two buildings.
# Boost
Irish construction sector rose again during February
The sharpest expansion in activity was again recorded on residential projects.
Warning that Ireland's construction sector is facing a skills shortage
A new report shows that in 2013, just 8,301 residential units were completed, while in 2006 it was 89,000.
# ring on it
Want to get married here? The OPW wants to open up historical sites for weddings
If you could get married anywhere in Ireland, where would it be?
# Emigration
Leaving to work in Australia? Make sure you know your rights
A pamphlet published by two unions and Sinn Féin gives details of pay conditions as well as contact information for groups offering support to Irish migrants in the country.
# Property
This chart shows just how much Dublin property prices drive up the average
Prices in Dublin might be up 15.7 per cent since last year but national prices, excluding the capital, are down 0.4 per cent.
# Construction
36 per cent decrease in new buildings in 2013
There were 7,943 new buildings recorded in the Republic of Ireland in 2013.
# Cork
Concerned Cork residents say new prison will overshadow their homes
The Director General of the Irish Prison Service Michael Donnellan said the residents were fully consulted about the construction plans for the new prison.
# Construction
Home-building at fastest rate in nine years as industry 'turns corner'
A survey by Ulster Bank found rising activity has prompted firms to expand their staffing levels.
# Housing
Housing applications and commencements fell nationally in 2013
In Dublin, however, commencements rose by eleven per cent as demand for housing in the capital bounces back.
# Field of Dreams
The architects behind London’s Olympic Stadium will build you a personal arena in your back garden for $30m
Anyone stuck for last-minute present ideas?
Damien Kiberd: Drop the goody-two-shoes approach to economic policy
Job figure increases are welcome – but Government needs to be bolshy to grab the three things it needs for proper growth.
# Building
Optimism in construction sector 'at a record high'
Construction activity has now risen for three months in a row – but it’s still very low following the economic crash.
# the ultimate prank
Irish lads prank their housemate by building a wall through his room
Watch the video here.
# goldieblox
This ad wants little girls to dream of being engineers - not princesses
And it is stupendous.
# Construction
President Higgins: The empty concrete shells that dot our landscape were born from reckless speculation
Speaking at the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland he said the construction sector was leaving a ‘disturbing’ part of its history behind.
# Design
NCAD wants Dublin 8 acknowledged as 'leading cultural and creative quarter'
The college’s head of design said today that the area’s role in the country’s creative economy must be officially recognised.
# Pyrite
Government announces €10 million for pyrite repairs
The funding will be available for about 1,000 properties that require immediate repair but homeowners who have already paid for repairs will not be compensated.
# Budget 2014
Home renovation tax incentive will hurt 'tax dodging cowboys' - IGBC
New scheme means homeowners are less likely to use the shadow economy for building works according to construction groups including The Irish Green Building Council.
# Construction
First rise in construction sector since 2007
The survey finds that employment stabilised in the Irish construction sector.
# building sector
Planning applications down 6% nationwide in 2013
Sligo and Leitrim had the worst construction performance for 2013, according to the latest edition of the National Housing Construction Index.
# Detention
Construction to begin on new juvenile detention facility in Oberstown
Minister for Children Frances Fitzgerald will turn sod on Monday at the site to mark the beginning of construction.
# Kilkenny
Former owner of Kilkenny ‘heritage house’ says delay in demolition ‘wasting taxpayers’ money’
A local group has opposed the plans for a new roadway at the site, claiming that medieval remains should be protected.
# Builders
Construction output achieves largest annual rise since 2006
Figures from the Central Statistics Office showed that volumes in the constuction sector in the second quarter were 11.2 per cent higher than last year.
# Construction
The construction industry is moving closer to stabilisation
That is according to the latest Ulster Bank Construction Purchasing Managers’ Index.
# borrisokane
Windows and doors removed from Tipperary school in contract dispute
The sub-contractor, who did work at Borrisokane Community College maintains he was not paid in full for his work – the contractor disputes this claim.
# feelin' emotions
11 buildings whose facial expressions are giving them away
They’ve got feelings, you know. Lots and lots of feelings.
# Prefabs
Over 100 school prefabs to be replaced with permanent classrooms
Minister Ruairí Quinn said the new scheme will see the creation of around 360 jobs.
# Bangladesh
Eight die in new Bangladesh garment factory tragedy
The owner of the Tung Hai sweater factory was among the victims.
# Bangladesh
Penneys: We will pay compensation to victims of Bangladesh factory collapse
Penneys said it will give money to people who lost family members in the collapse, which killed almost 400 people.
# Building
Planning applications increase in 11 counties
Roscommon, Leitrim and Monaghan saw the greatest increases in applications.
# Crowdsourcing
How parents are trying to raise €2 million on the internet to build a school in Clare
The parents at the Mol an Óige national school in Clare were hoping to get the money from the Department of Education – but instead they’ve turned to the internet.