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# Construction

Last month
May 2023
# Housing
Dublin Fire Brigade to tell TDs that fire safety will be 'integral' to use of rapid-build homes
Traditional building methods have undergone a vast amount of large-scale testing, an Oireachtas committee will hear today.
# insolvency
SIAC Construction: Appeals for builder to clarify future of 100 jobs as it enters High Court
The High Court heard today that there is insufficient cash to pay roughly 100 workers at two of SIAC Construction’s companies.
This year
FactFind: Was the 2008 crash caused by building too many houses?
A report by
Shane Raymond
A suggestion Ireland risks building too many homes ignited controversy.
Experts said that too many homes had been built where there was little demand.
“The laws of supply and demand ... were not applying to the housing market" - inquiry chairman.
However, economists said the current demand for homes is far from being met.
Opinion: We could improve our planning law - instead the public is being excluded
The draft Planning and Development Bill 2022 is a solution in search of a problem, say Alison Hough and Gavin Elliott.
# parking prices
Visitors to National Children's Hospital to pay maximum charge of €10 for 24-hour parking
The private operator of the new hospital’s car park is to be required to make a “premium up-front payment” of €5 million to operate it.
Last year
Rory Hearne: The housing game is rigged and it's time we called it out
The housing expert says waiting for the market to fix the housing crisis is ‘like waiting for Godot’ – he’s calling on everyone to join the Raise the Roof protest.
# factcheck
FactCheck: Is the State the ‘biggest player in housing’?
The Taoiseach made this claim multiple times in the Dáil since 2021
# Blacklough Construction ltd
Construction company building hundreds of social housing units goes into examinership
The company has 48 employees and also engages the services of subcontractors.
# housing for all
Government still €2bn behind annual expenditure target for housing as end of year approaches
Critics say shortfalls show Housing For All goals won’t be reached this year
# Health Committee
National Children's Hospital will cost more than €1.43 billion by 2024 completion date
The final cost may not be known until years after construction ends due to legal claims.
# long-term leases
Taoiseach dismisses concerns about investor funds selling homes between each other for €1.7m
Taoiseach Micheál Martin says the solution is ramping up supply.
# court of the dance
Michael Flatley settles claim over alleged deficiencies during work on his Cork house
The claim concerning fire damage to the historic Castle Hyde was heard in the High Court.
# Fire Safety
Builders' levy should help pay for works on thousands of defective apartments, says Bacik
Government will have to provide assistance, Leo Varadkar has said.
Opinion: The last thing this housing market needs is a subsidy for developers
The Social Democrats are asking the government to scrap the subsidy for developers – Cian O’Callaghan explains why.
# rising costs
Govt to pay up to 70% of inflation-related construction costs on State projects
The minister says there is a real risk of projects not being completed if the State didn’t step in.
Dr Lorcan Sirr: Ukrainian refugees can be housed quickly and easily if government acts now
The senior lecturer in housing says the urgent need to house Ukrainian refugees may be what Ireland’s housing crisis needs, with political will.
# Public Tenders
'We've never seen increases like this': Pressure on builders over soaring timber and steel costs
According to the latest available figures, timber prices rose 64% in a year while steel prices are up almost 30%.
# Building
Fewer new homes recorded in 2021 but increase in construction by end of year
16.5% more dwellings were under construction in the final quarter of 2021 compared to the same period in 2020.
All time
# biggest regret
'It came at a cost': Taoiseach regrets shutting down construction for four months
This government plans to go all the way, Micheál Martin tells Political Correspondent Christina Finn.
The Taoiseach says they shut down construction as the government wanted to be 'ruthless' in dealing with the Alpha variant wave, reports Christina Finn.
Martin said it is his 'desire not to' ever close down construction again.
There will be a renewed effort on ramping up bed capacity in 2022, he says.
Fianna Fáil's message to itself: Deliver housing now or face extinction at the next election
Every week of lockdown between 700 and 800 houses will not be built, says minister
# Construction
Liverpool set to start work on Anfield expansion
The club aims to increase capacity of their home stadium to more than 61,000.
# the good information project
Mica and pyrite scandals - could it still happen today?
Experts have said new legislation is needed to ensure building supplies are checked by independent parties.
Larry Donnelly: Donegal takes a strident stand for justice over mica with Boston at its back
The Donegal diaspora in the US is mobilising in support of homeowners seeking compensation for mica damage to their homes.
# Housing
Number of residential units sent for planning dropped by 29% in first quarter of this year
The type of residential units subject to commencement has seen a “substantial shift” towards housing over apartments.
# Construction
Contractor BAM takes High Court action against National Children's Hospital board
BAM is the primary contractor building the new children’s hospital in Dublin.
# Housing Crisis
Phased return of construction from 12 April criticised as 'economic and societal own goal'
The Taoiseach said that the resumption of house builds from 12 April includes home refurbishments.
# Construction
Building company launches High Court action against government's construction shutdown
It claims the private construction sector is being unfairly discriminated against.
# essential service
Housing minister says construction sector is set to reopen on 5 March
The minister said the building of homes is an “essential service”.
# Housing Crisis
Every week of lockdown between 700 and 800 houses will not be built, says minister
The lockdown will mean housing targets could be off by between 6,500 and 7,000 new homes,
# level 5
Level 5 lockdown to be reviewed next week, but government expected to extend restrictions to late February
Government sources state that it is still their intention to get schools reopened in February.
# Lockdown
'About 30%' of construction sites remaining open despite Level 5 shutdown
Some of the biggest FDI sites in the country are open under government exemptions.
# payment
Construction workers face cost of restrictions as PUP recipients rise to nearly 400,000
Almost 400,000 people will receive the PUP tomorrow, an increase of 18.7% on last week.
# Construction
Explainer: Here is how today's construction lockdown will impact building projects
Despite the lockdown there are a number of construction projects that can continue.
# Construction
'Non-essential' construction sites to close but exemptions including social housing projects near completion can continue
There are a number of exemptions to the order.
# future builders
Teens called on to design 'home for everyone' in construction competition
Winners will have the option of taking a Construction Industry Federation scholarship or access to its apprenticeship programme.
# Housing Crisis
Government expects 25,000 new homes built in 2021 - half by State or approved housing bodies
The shutdown of the industry slowed progress this year but it is unlikely further lockdowns would stop construction.
Opinion: Goodbye to O'Rahilly's 40 Herbert Park, an integral part of the story of 1916
Historian Donal Fallon tells of ‘The O’Rahilly’, one of The Rising’s most colourful characters and how his recently demolished home, 40 Herbert Park, played a part in the history of the rebellion.
# north strand
Permission granted for 48-bed apartment block in Dublin after council rejected proposal in 2017
A previous application was rejected back in 2017 following concerns from Irish Rail and local residents.
# Coronavirus
Another Dublin construction site has closed due to a case of Covid-19
The latest site is the East Quad site in Grangegorman.
# covid19
Dublin construction site closes after over 20 workers test positive for coronavirus
The construction company said further tests are being arranged.
# demand and supply
Pandemic set to cause major shortfall in housing supply, warns new study
The study from the Banking & Payments Federation Ireland shows that new builds have been badly impacted.