Dublin Airport

  Dublin Airport Authority have signalled their intention to proceed with immediate effect with the construction of the long awaited €320 million second runway in Dublin Airport, to accommodate the anticipated growth in air traffic passenger numbers in the years ahead. The ‘north runway’ as it is named, will be completed by the end of...

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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 million....

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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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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 Engineers...

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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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Irish Universities UCD and UCC have recently announced major investments in their development programmes in the short term. UCD is seeking Fast Track Planning permission for a new, 3000 Student bed accommodation development on Campus from An Bord Pleanala. This is the first application to use the new Strategic Housing Development system which allows applications...

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