Construction


14
May 14

60 Thousand New Construction Jobs By 2020

It's in a bid to kickstart the building trade60-thousand new jobs in the construction industry by the year 2020.

That’s what the Government’s just promised in a bid to kick start the building trade.

They hope their plans will get builders off the dole and provide plenty of new homes for first time buyers.

Enda Kenny’s denied the moves will create another housing bubble:

“I do not accept anybodies assertions that this Government is going to go down the road of creating a further housing bubble. There are a hundred thousand people on the live register who were involved in the construction industry. Plasterers,  block-layers, chippies, tillers, roofers and everything else – we want to see that these people get an opportunity to get back into the world of work.”

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14
May 14

Kenny Confirms Construction-sector Jobs Plan

The Taoiseach has confirmed plans to unveil a major new jobs plan for the construction sector later this week.

Enda Kenny said Ireland must kickstart a revival in the building trade, not only to address rising house prices but also to get builders back to work.

His comments come after a new report found rent prices had increased by an average of 9% nationally in the last 12 months.

The Taoiseach said the best way to address the chronic shortage of housing was to start building more homes.

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6
May 14

100 Jobs set for Colbert Station Redevelopment in Limerick

Minister Alan Kelly launched the plans, alongside Hugh Cregan, NTA, Miriam Flynn, regional manager, Bus Eireann, south west region, James Begley, Bus Eireann south west and Noreen Clohessy, district manager, Irish Rail, LimerickPLANS for a €16.8m redevelopment of Colbert Station have been described as “transformational” by the city and county manager.

Minister of State for Public Transport Alan Kelly has unveiled the long-awaited plans set to modernise the gateway into Limerick city for tourists and locals alike, including proposals for a €3.5million pedestrian plaza.

City and county manager Conn Murray said the plans are part of a wider project, under Limerick 2030, “to guide the economic, social and physical renaissance of Limerick city and the wider Mid-West region.”

“For many visitors, Colbert Station is the ‘shop window’ for Limerick and this major development will enable it to be a real centrepiece for the city greatly enhancing the user and visitor experience,” he said.

Subject to planning approval, the project will be completed on a phased basis with funding allocated over the next eight to ten years and could create up to 100 construction jobs. The plaza, which will form phase one of the development will be completed within three to four years. The train station’s existing toilet block will be demolished to make way for a new bus station, with the current bus station being converted into the access area for a new 235-space car park.

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10
Dec 13

University of Limerick to Create 1,000 Jobs in Five Years

A thousand jobs are expected to be created over the next five years under a new development plan at the University of Limerick.

The European Investment Bank is providing a €100m loan to the €224m plan which will see 12 new construction projects on the north and south campus.

The scheme includes a new clinical research building at University Hospital Limerick; a new city centre campus including student residences and an academic building; a new library and a dedicated training centre for the Munster Rugby Team.

The positions will include 290 full time jobs and 710 construction jobs.

The plan will run from 2014-2018 and UL says funding for the remainder of the project will be secured from a number of sources, including philanthropic donors, state grants and commercial activities.

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17
Nov 13

Nearly 500 Job Offers Made at Ireland Job Fairs

The B.C. Construction Association (BCCA) in partnership with the Saskatchewan Construction Association (SCA) hosted the first ever western Canada construction job expo in Ireland with members making hundreds of new job offers to qualified tradespeople.

“I think the job fair was awesome and went very well,” said Abigail Fulton, vice-president of the BCCA.

“We had people hugging us as we got out of the door. They said this is the best job fair they have ever attended because real employers with job opportunities were there. It was valuable for employers too because they learned a lot about Ireland’s trades.”

The BCCA and the SCA led a delegation of about 30 companies including companies from Alberta on a recruitment trip to Ireland to attend a construction-specific job expo.

The event, which took place in Belfast on Oct. 31 and in Dublin on Nov. 2, was designed for construction employers only, with job-seekers pre-registering and submitting their resumes in advance.

Potential employees were matched for interviews with specific companies at each of the events, which were followed by two interview days.

As a result, about 470 job offers have been made.

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31
Aug 13

35 New Jobs to Boost Midlands.

Condron Concrete WorksA total of 20 new jobs are to be created in a €3m expansion at Condron Concrete Works in Tullamore, Co Offaly, while a new department store is to create up to 15 jobs in Co Longford.

The Offaly investment will finance the development of a plastic pipe-making facility at the family-owned company.

The company, which already employs over 50 people, is expected to start recruiting immediately for the new positions.

Those applying for the new jobs don’t have to have any skills specific to manufacturing plastic piping as training will be given.

“People are going to plastic for smaller diameter pipes because they’re quicker to put in. So we’re diversifying. It’s a good news story for Tullamore,” managing director John Condron said.

In Co Longford, Shaws Department Store is to create up to 15 full and part-time jobs with the opening of a new store.

The store is expected to open on October 24, taking the place of an old Centra store which closed earlier this year.

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26
Jul 13

New Strategy to put Construction Sector on Road to Growth.

ForfásForfás has today published a major new strategy report on the construction sector entitled, Ireland’s Construction Sector: Outlook and Strategic Plan to 2015.

The construction strategy, commissioned by Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton TD and developed as part of the Government’s Action Plan for Jobs, sets out an optimum scenario of sustainable output from the sector over the medium term at a level of 12 per cent of GNP, compared with the current level of 6.4 per cent, and projects that over the short-term to 2015 the sector will continue at well below optimum performance in the absence of action to accelerate a return to sustainable levels of output.

The construction sector currently provides 96,300 regionally distributed direct jobs, with a further 48,000 indirectly in related activities, representing a severe contraction in activity levels since the peak of a protracted and unsustainable construction boom when employment had peaked at almost 270,000.

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21
Sep 12

Construction company announces 100 new jobs

File photoBAM CONTRACTORS, IRELAND’s largest public works construction company announced the launch of a recruitment campaign, seeking over 100 new employees including engineers, contracts managers and quantity surveyors.

The company said today it had a strong performance in 2011, generating turnover of €228 million with profit before tax of €4 million.

In a statement BAM said it recorded an operating profit of €5.2 million for 2011 and enjoys a “robust balance sheet” with no bank debt.

The company already employs 630 staff directly in Ireland, with a further 1,400 employed indirectly but is seeking an additional 100 staff for future projects.

BAM is currently working on projects such as the Sutherland School of Law in UCD and the Coleraine to Derry railway track upgrade as well as projects in Northern Ireland and Jordan.

Speaking today, Chief Executive of BAM, Theo Cullinane said the outlook for the 2012 financial year remains challenging but the company is confident it will continue to improve its position on the market.

“For next year, we predict enhanced opportunities in Ireland in public private partnership, healthcare, educational, pharmaceutical and foreign direct investment projects and BAM is well placed to win more of this business,” he said.

Cullinane said that although the company’s primary focus will always be the Irish market, it will also continue to pursue opportunities in international markets with some new positions listed in Northern Ireland and Scotland.

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28
Jul 12

Irish businesses reap €300m reward from Olympic contracts

Irish enterprises have secured €300 million in contracts as a result of the Olympic Games in London.

Businesses all over the country have benefited from the Games, and it is hoped that ties have been made which could lead to contracts at future major sporting events.

With work upcoming for the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Brazil’s hosting of the World Cup and Olympics in 2014 and 2016, and UEFA 2016 in France, Irish enterprise will hope to build on the boost to their business which the London Games has produced.

At a pre-Olympic athletics meeting in Dublin on Wednesday, Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Michael Ring said that the success of Irish businesses exceeded expectations.

The Mayo man was speaking at the Morton Games and said that Irish enterprises have benefited greatly from the country’s close proximity to this year’s Games.

“We have known for some time that the biggest benefit to Ireland from the Olympics was likely to be in terms of enterprise and tourism. The €300 million in contracts secured through Enterprise Ireland is a significant achievement. Early signs are that the tourism benefit will also be positive,” he said.

Many Londoners are aiming to flee the chaos of the city for the period of the Olympics and Irish tourism is hoping to benefit from this. Tourism Ireland has spent €500,000 on their ‘Escape the Madness’ campaign, which aims to attract people from all over the UK to escape to Ireland during the Games.

Campaign ads have appeared in London tube stations, the Evening Standard newspaper and, a viral video campaign spearheaded by actor Chris O’Dowd has also been used to promote the campaign.

Website Hotels.com has reported an increase in interest in breaks to the ‘Emerald Isle’ since the introduction of the campaign.

While no full national teams have based themselves here in the lead up to the Games, Ireland has still welcomed many athletes here as they look to prepare for their respective codes. Groups which have based themselves here include members of the Australian and Jamaican athletics team, the German pentathlon team and the USA synchronised swimming team.

The Paralympic Games which begin in late August has also attracted national teams here. The Zambian team will be based at Morton Stadium, Dublin while the Vietnamese contingent will be hosted at the University of Limerick training facilities.

The following enterprises secured contracts for the Games- ABM Precast, Swords; Anord Control Systems, Dundalk; Banagher Concrete, Offaly; Clearpower, Wicklow; Donseed, Kerry; Heneghan Peng Architects, Dublin; John Sisk & Son; Leinster Reinforcements, Kildare; Techrete, Dublin.

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22
Jul 12

41 new jobs for Westmeath

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An Irish concrete products manufacturer is to create 41 jobs in Westmeath, it was announced today.

Shay Murtagh Precast is adding the jobs with the support of Enterprise Ireland, and investing €3 million in cutting edge technology to produce precast concrete tunnel segments.

The company already employs 75 people, and managing director Ciaran Murtagh said the announcement would also secure these jobs.

The business, which was established in 1981, said the expansion was necessary to support its growth, which is mainly export focused. The company said exports account for more than 75 per cent of its total sales.

“This solid expansion plan has provided our company with a platform for the future,” Mr Murtagh said.

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton said the announcement was great news for Mullingar and the surrounding region.

“A central part of the Government’s plan for jobs and growth is creating a powerful engine of indigenous, export-focused companies. Manufacturing must be a particular focus as we seek to create the jobs we need,” he said.

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