The announcement this week by the E.U. that Ireland’s economy is projected to grow by 5.6% this year and 4.1% next year, outstripping E.U. wide growth by almost three times this year and double next year, comes as yet another endorsement of the Government’s handling of the economy. Demands for Architects, Engineers and Construction professionals…

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There have been widespread predictions of full employment by economists and employers over the past year, marking the pace of the economic recovery in recent years. All the most recent forecasts are that the pace of the recovery will actually increase in the next two to three years. During the past year, calls for the…

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  One of the more significant features of the Project Ireland 2040 is the enormous investment earmarked for Infrastructure in the Plan. From a proposed investment of €10 billion in roads, including the M20 from Cork to Limerick; the Galway bypass; and the M50 Dublin Port south access road via the N11, and the major…

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  The official opening of the latest stretch of the M18 motorway, linking Gort and Tuam took place last week. This represents yet another essential upgrade in the road network throughout Ireland. Civil Engineers, Traffic and Transportation Engineers and other Construction Professionals contributed essential expertise to the project which cost in the region of €500…

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  Last week, the Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy announced the exciting initiative introducing new ,fixed rate, long term, low interest rates which are being offered to  targeted borrowers who are actively employed and paying taxes, but have relatively low levels of disposable income. It is designed to enable many potential home owners into actual…

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  The Government is set to announce a massive, €100 billion, ten year capital investment plan in the coming week which will be very welcome news to Architects and Engineers involved in the construction and infrastructure industries. The plan will see Ireland’s long awaited investment in rail, roads, broadband, hospitals, universities and housing, which have…

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There is some very good news here for those looking to buy a property. The Central Bank has just announced an increase of 82% in the production of completed housing units for the year on year figures to the end of October. This trend is destined to continue un-abated in the coming year, and in…

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  Andrew McDowell, vice president of the European Investment Bank (EIB) while speaking at a conference of investment in European infrastructure recently, highlighted the issue of further significant investment in Ports, Airports and Roads, as previously mentioned in these columns. Increase in investment A very large increase in investment will require many Civil and Structural…

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Housing Crisis

    At a recent conference in Dublin, the developer Richard Barrett of Bartra Capital Property cast doubts on whether the Government’s estimates of a requirement for 91,600 new houses to meet the existing crisis. He estimates that the figure is, in fact, 175,000, which is families needing a home which they will eventually own….

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