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Cover Story Reports and pictures from the CIF Conference 2016



5 CIF News

38 Safety First

News from the CIF, including stories from members and a word from the Director General Tom Parlon

Reports from Construction Safety Week

25 CECA Awards

43 On The Web A look at our on line activity

Recognising Excellence – in their inaugural year, the CECA Excellence Awards began on a high note

45 Pensions Roadshow

31 MPDI – National Convention

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Master Painters & Decorators of Ireland (MPDI) hold their National Convention weekend

34 Exploring Career Options At the Higher Options careers event with the CIF

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Reports from a special series of events

49 Introducing Linesight 51 Featured Project Bridge building with a heritage angle


54 Engaging with Future Talent This time out we check in with Suir Engineering


56 Dispute Resolution With John FFF O’Brien

58 CIS update CIS overview of activities


60 Pensions Sage advice from Susan O’Mara

63 Training update Followed by our Training Schedule

65 Industry News The latest from the wider industry

72 Last Fix / Diary Rounding it all off

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CIF welcomes housing measures but warns on low level of strategic infrastructure investment The Construction Industry Federation (CIF) welcomed housing measures in the budget but warned increased infrastructure investment is required to transform new housing estates into vibrant communities over the next decade.    


Director General, Tom Parlon said: “The measures introduced are a significant step towards solving the housing crisis by addressing the chronic lack of supply in new builds. “In terms of resolving the housing crisis, the CIF’s Irish Home Builders Association welcomes the introduction of this tax rebate scheme aimed at helping first-time buyers to save deposits for starter homes.   “There is an acute shortage of activity in this sector because first-time buyers cannot secure mortgages.  “As a result, banks won’t provide finance to home-builders making the building of new starter homes unviable. 


“This measure aims to stimulate some supply in this demographic to target realisable demand i.e. first-time buyers that can afford a mortgage and starter home but are currently renting and trying to save for a deposit. “The Central Bank’s Loan to Income rules will continue to ensure that first-time buyers can only access affordable mortgages and dampen significant increases in prices as a result of the measure.       “The CIF also welcomes the extension of the Home Renovation Incentive scheme.  “This has been a highly successful scheme for those seeking to increase their house size and to upgrade their homes.   “In addition, the Minister’s commitment to reintroduce interest relief for landlords to 80% this year and up to 100% over the next five years is to be welcomed.  “These measures taken in conjunction with initiatives in Minister Coveney’s ‘Rebuilding

Ireland’ strategy can resolve Ireland’s housing supply issues in a measured and sustainable way. “The significant amount of capital expenditure on social housing announced by Minister Donohoe is also welcomed and it can lead to a significant increase in units available.  


“Another key initiative of Ministers Coveney and Donohoe in this regard is the local infrastructure fund that will see €50m made available to make ready land capable of supporting significant housebuilding activity and will make a major contribution.    “However, we are predicting that the low level of infrastructure investment across our economy will be the next crisis Ireland faces.  “Without significant infrastructure investment, people will continue to migrate to Dublin and budgetary measures may only deliver housing into areas that are economically depleted. “National infrastructure, like the M20 connecting Cork to Limerick, could bring economic recovery to key regions and struggling rural communities.  “The M20 project is estimated to cost €800m and the Government’s original analysis showed the economic benefits would outweigh costs by a factor of 2 to 1.  “This could counter-balance and compliment Dublin’s economic primacy, currently accounting for 40% GDP. “Unfortunately, Ireland has one of the lowest levels of infrastructure investment in the EU, and successive bodies such as the European Commission, the OECD, the National Competitiveness Council and several industry representative bodies have all called for an increase in infrastructure spend.  “Prior to the recession, the long-

term average for capital expenditure was approximately 5% of GDP. “This is at a time when funding is at historically low levels and we could deliver national infrastructure more cheaply than at any other time in our history. 


“We are allowing ourselves to be curtailed by EU fiscal rules that are wholly unsuitable for a country emerging from a recession with a growing population and economy. “The Government must continue to press our case with the EU to facilitate this investment.    “The pay-off for the exchequer is evident, as every €1bn invested in infrastructure generates 10,000 jobs. “The CIF also welcomes measures in the budget that focus on supporting the selfemployed.  “The construction industry has approximately 45,000 self-employed involved in the sector.  “The increase in the earned income tax credit to €950 to the self-employed can help the huge number of construction microenterprises to build sustainable businesses.”

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Constructing Ireland 2027

Graham Watts, CEO, CIC, UK; Ian Kehoe, Editor, Sunday Business Post; Tom Parlon, Director General, CIF; Michael Stone, President, CIF With a theme of Constructing Ireland 2027, this year’s CIF Annual Conference – at the Hogan Mezzanine Suite, Croke Park Conference Centre, Dublin – kick-started a 10-year vision.

World-class At its heart is “an internationally recognised, innovative industry delivering world-class construction and driving economic recovery, job creation, FDI and regional development in the wider economy”. This conference was the first step in engaging with members and other stakeholders in creating this vision. For more see page 13, this issue.

Tom Parlon, Director General, CIF; Minister Simon Coveney and CIF President Michael Stone

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Martin Lang, CIF Director; Martin Foran, Construction Editor and Joe Connolly, Foundation Media

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Connemara Visitor’s Centre at Pearse Cottage, Co. Galway Carey Building Contractors are the Main Contractors undertaking the construction of the Connemara Visitor’s Centre at Pearse Cottage, Co Galway.


The Visitor’s Centre is being constructed next to the existing Pearse’s Cottage in Rosmuc, Co Galway. The Project consists of the construction of a single-storey Visitor Building of approximately 500sq.m incorporating reception, exhibition, educational, meeting and café areas and ancillary facilities. The first phase included the excavation of the site to form a level for the erection of a steel frame construction with associated pre-cast slab installation. It includes a walkway linking the Visitor Centre to a Woodland Pavilion Building and Pearse Cottage and a semi-enclosed Woodland Pavilion Building associated with the walkway. There will be a new site access and car

parking areas.


The site is located in Rosmuc, on the West Galway coast in Connemara and the terrain is made up of peat and rock. It is also situated beside a lake, so appropriate measures must be incorporated to protect the lake during the construction phase and in the operation of the facility.

Dramatic works!

Pictured at NUI Galway “Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance” which is being built by Purcell Construction. From left to right: Graham Molloy, Purcell Construction; Jim Early, NUI Galway; Dariusz Matenka, Purcell Construction; Ray Queally, Purcell Construction; Justin Molloy, CIF; Michael O’Halloran, Purcell Construction; Keith O’Halloran, Purcell Construction; Paul Dillon, Purcell Construction

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CIF & ICTU Relaunch Safety Representative Training Programme As part of the activities of Construction Safety Week, CIF and ICTU relaunched the Construction Safety Representative training programme. This is a five-day, QQI accredited course and is designed to give Safety Representatives the competence to carry out their role effectively. The first programme starts on Wednesday 5 November and is highly subsidized, at a price of €225 per person. It is open to all. Call Pauline Corr on (01) 889 7707 for more information and booking. For more on Construction Safety Week, see our special report in this issue. Back L-R: Dermot Carey, CIF; Michael McDonagh, Senior Construction Inspector, HSA; Mike McLoughlin, H&S Manager, John Paul Construction; Paddy Ryan Safety Representative of the Year 2016, John Paul Construction. Front: Joe Sheeran, Project Manager JPC and Chris Reilly, Safety Officer JPC

Rebuilding Ireland Our pictures were taken at the recent “Rebuilding Ireland” road show event which took place in the Meyrick Hotel, Galway on Friday, 23 September and was attended by Minister Simon Coveney.

Joe Greaney, Keane Mahony Smith; Justin Molloy, CIF; Mary Rodgers, GMIT; Kevin Kelly, Galway County Council and Gerard MacMichael, GMIT

Peter Gavican, Galway County Council; Simon Coveney, Minister for Housing, Planning & Local Government; Tara Flynn, Flynn Construction; Councillor Donal Lyons, Galway County Council

Brendan McGrath, Galway City Council; Simon Coveney, Minister for Housing, Planning & Local Government; Councillor Noel Larkin, Mayor, Galway City Council; Paul Carey, Carey Building Contractors

Justin Molloy, Regional Director, CIF; Simon Coveney, Minister for Housing, Planning & Local Government; Sean Canney, Minister of State and Paul Carey, Carey Building Contractors

Lisa Bailey, Burkeway Homes; Niall Browne, O’Donnellan & Joyce & Mary-Esther Monahan, Cluid Housing

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Revenue briefing – eTax clearance system & the eRCT system On Friday, 16 September, the CIF hosted the Revenue at their Dublin offices for a briefing regarding important changes to the Electronic Tax Clearance system and the eRCT Site Identifier Number (SIN). It was a significant event with a very impressive attendance.


This was a very important event for members wishing to understand the changes that the SIN will bring to the Contract Notification process, how the new electronic Tax Clearance might look for applicants, and what the changes will mean for their businesses. L-R: Sean Nolan (Compliance Policy) Revenue; Hubert Fitzpatrick, Director, CIF; Brian Farrell (Business Taxes Support and Customer Service) Revenue; Maura Conneely (Customer Systems Support, PAYE & Business Taxes)

IHBA Housing Workshop Our picture was taken at the recent IHBA Housing Workshop which was held at the CIF’s Dublin offices on 13 October. This was the first of a series of Regional workshops on this topic. The events were tailored to provide answers to housing and planning related questions, ensuring that participants are up-to-date with changes in legislation / regulations prior to engagement with statutory agencies. There were opportunities to raise questions and of course, to network with other homebuilders.

Topics covered included:

> Building Control Regulations > Certifications, Codes of Practice > Government Action Plan for Housing > Planning Changes > Part V Changes > Supply, Demand and Market Development Funding

> Mortgage Finance > Local Housing Development Related Issues

> Industrial Relations / Skilled Labour > C.I.R.I. > Soil Waste Management

Kildare and Kilkenny / Carlow meetings

Kildare Branch Meeting (9.30am) and Kilkenny/Carlow Branch Meeting (4.00pm) are scheduled for 17 November. Venues are Osprey Hotel, Naas for Kildare meeting and Lyrath Estate Hotel, Kilkenny for Kilkenny/Carlow meeting.

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CIF Annual Conference 2016 – an overview With the ambitious theme of ‘Constructing Ireland 2027’, this year’s CIF Annual Conference focused on how the Irish construction industry will shape Irish society in the coming decade. The conference kick-started the creation of a 10-year vision that envisages an internationally-recognised, innovative industry delivering world-class construction and driving economic recovery, job creation, FDI and regional development in the wider economy. And so it was that all roads led to the Hogan Mezzanine Suite on Level 4 of Croke Park Conference Centre on 6 October for a unique and informative conference the theme of which was, Constructing Ireland 2027.


The CIF used the event to launch a vision for the construction industry for the next 10 years – up to 2027. This conference was the first step in engaging with its members and other stakeholders in creating this vision. The Morning Session began at 9.50 a.m. with a welcome address from the Morning Chair, Ian Kehoe, Editor, The Sunday Business Post. The Afternoon Chair was Tom Parlon, Director General, Construction Industry Federation.

Signing in

A host of great speakers and panelists participated in the event which included the delivery of ministerial addresses from both Paschal Donohoe, Minister for Public Expenditure & Reform and Simon Coveney, Minister for Housing, Planning, Community & Local Government. Q&A sessions were scheduled during each session allowing delegates to ask questions of the expert line-ups of speakers.

Council, (CIC), UK; Ian Howard, EMEA Projects Director, Kerry Group; PJ Rudden, Director of RPS Group, and with economic perspectives - Annette Hughes of DKM Consultants and Edgar Morgenroth of the ESRI. Panel discussions ranged over issues including the budget, mortgages and housing provision, developer finance and the Central Bank’s mortgage lending rules.


Networking Breaks & Exhibition

In addition to Ministers Coveney and Donohoe, a number of national and international speakers also delivered their vision for the construction industry. Panelists and speakers included: Julie Sinnamon, CEO of Enterprise Ireland; Mary Buckley, Deputy CEO of IDA Ireland, who was on the cover of our last issue; Graham Watts, CEO of the Construction Industry

The Exhibition Area included stands from: Ayrton; Capital Insurance Brokers LLC; CIRI; CIS; Cluid Housing Association; Construction Magazine; CPAS; CPL Construction; CRH (sponsor); Daikin, Diatec; Downey Planning (coffee break sponsor); ESB Networks; Gas Networks Ireland; KSSL; Murphy Surveys; OSI; Servisource; Wood Concepts and Zinon. C

Afternoon panel with Tom Parlon and Michael Stone

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The construction industry can generate 75,000 jobs, create 25,000 houses per annum and deliver infrastructure projects worth over €26bn, if a supportive policy framework is in place, the CIF’s annual conference heard.


Today, the Irish construction industry is starting on a journey


CIF President, Michael Stone


IF President Michael Stone in his Conference address stated: “This year the construction industry has been tasked with ‘Rebuilding Ireland’. “It’s clear the Government recognises again that our industry and the progress of the Irish economy are intertwined. “Construction is critical to this country’s growth and job creation. “For every 10 jobs in construction, another 4 are created indirectly – meaning we support over 190,000 jobs in

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Ireland in communities throughout the country. “In fact, the majority of key Government targets in the Action Plan for Jobs, the Public Capital Programme, the Enterprise 2025 strategy, the IDA’s FDI targets, the National Broadband Plan and others are dependent on our industry’s capacity to deliver high quality construction.


“We also underpin future economic development by delivering the physical infrastructure and housing that all other sectors depend on for their competitiveness.


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“Additionally, we’re helping expand foreign direct investment into Ireland and supporting the related 1-in-5 jobs in the economy by building the specialist buildings, like the data centres and RDI hubs that these companies require. “Our research with Solas and DKM consultants indicates that the industry could create an additional 75,000 jobs by 2020 in the delivery of Government’s housing and infrastructure strategies. “These jobs will be generated by the 30,000-plus enterprises in construction – 99% of which have under 10 employees – that are dispersed across nearly every community in Ireland. “Today, the Irish construction industry is starting on a journey that will lead to it becoming an internationally successful industry based in Ireland. “The global construction market is estimated to grow to $15trillion by 2030 and the Irish industry will step up to capture these opportunities, generating jobs and growth and increasing exports significantly.

Highest standards

“We will pursue the highest standards of construction, develop innovative products and services and deliver excellent value for money for domestic and international clients. “To achieve this vision, we need to partner with Government today to ensure that the domestic market is a springboard to export growth for our companies. “We must work together to remove barriers to growth which make it impossible for the SME construction company to scale-up and realise their potential. “Addressing market failure in finance, supply constraints in housing, planning issues, low technology uptake amongst companies and collaboration across the supply chain will equip the industry to become globally successful.” C

CIC’s CEO Graham Watts – “The construction industry of the future” The CEO of the Construction Industry Council (CIC), in the UK, Graham Watts OBE, also looked towards the future in a fascinating address which afforded a glimpse of future landscapes and also considered how far we had all come during his time at the CIC – the last 25 years.


Stressing the pace of change in this period, Graham Watts said it was illuminating to remember how things were then – back in the days of faxes and “golf ball” typewriters. Quoting a senior business leader Watts noted how change has never been as fast – and will never be as slow again. “For ever second of every day of the rest of all our lives, this is likely to be the case,” he added. Among primary school children today, said Graham Watts, 65% will work at jobs that do not yet exist. Of the new intake in one of the UK’s largest contactors this year, 50% of people came from non-construction courses. How many occupations have we lost in the last 25 years and how many will go in the next? was one question raised. At a recent conference about the future of employment at Oxford University, the probability of some traditional occupations in construction continuing to be in demand after 2025 was deemed to be

extremely low - due to things like offsite construction, computerization and robotics, for example. Graham Watts also referenced 3D printing in this regard. On this note, China unveiled the first 3D printed office building last year. Chinese construction companies can 3D-print ten houses a day. Things such as this will no doubt get faster and cheaper and will no doubt come to Ireland and the UK, was the message. After a review of the UK construction market Graham Watts also looked at Brexitrelated issues.


On Brexit, Watts referred to the issue of skills and why some EU workers in his area of professional services, might already be returning home. This has to do with many factors including economic reasons – the value of the pound has fallen so much against their own currencies. “I suspect that many construction roles will find their way onto the Home Office Register of Occupational Shortages which will enable expedited entry to the UK,” Graham Watts said. Watts also referred to the Design Quality Indicator created by CIC in 2000. This is a “multi-stakeholder tool” with which to evaluate

Graham Watts

and improve the design and construction of buildings. It has now been used in the USA where it has been mandatory for certain public buildings. It is actively used in the Education and Health sectors in Northern Ireland. Over the past five years CIC has been the agent for running the government industry BIM Task Force which has been charged with embedding Level Two BIM in the public sector and creating a solid foundation to move towards level 3. (The Government Construction Strategy was published by the Cabinet office on 31 May 2011. The report announced the Government’s intention to require: collaborative 3D BIM – with all project and asset information, documentation and data being electronic – on its projects by 2016 – source: The main output of the Level 2 BIM project has been a full suite of documents that will enable any company to develop a BIM capability. Referring to the EU BIM Task Force established by the UK and Norway – and now including over 20 countries – Graham Watts said the aim is simple, to create a common understanding of BIM in Europe and spread common practice. Direct collaboration with Ireland would, he said, be welcomed here. C

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A Vision for the Construction Industry The theme of the CIF Conference 2016 was Constructing Ireland 2027. The speakers and panellists discussed the challenges and opportunities on the horizon and what might be coming down the line. A vision of the construction sector meanwhile was unveiled and input and feedback encouraged. So, first, that vision:

By 2027, the Irish construction sector will be an internationally successful industry based in Ireland delivering world-class innovative construction In addition, the construction industry will: > Provide sustainable growth in the Irish economy at generally accepted level of 10-12% of GDP > Be internationally recognised as a leader in the delivery of world-class construction projects to the highest standards of quality, safety and sustainability > Be recognised internationally as an exemplar in the supply of advanced construction products and services > Be a “partner of choice” in the formation of international consortia > Lead in the development of innovative technology In achieving this vision, the Irish Construction Industry will: > Partner with the Irish Government through the Construction Sector Group to meet Ireland’s construction requirements > Assist the Government in achieving its housing strategy addressing homelessness and contribute to the development of vibrant communities across Ireland > Work with Government to devise innovative programmes to facilitate the upgrading of public and private sector buildings to modern environmentally acceptable standards > Generate substantial employment opportunities and provide quality training and careers > Partner with Government in the delivery of strategic national infrastructure > Contribute to balanced regional development through participation in the National Planning Framework, the delivery of industrial infrastructure and Government initiatives to increase employment opportunities in the regions > Advance Ireland’s objective to become a carbon neutral society > Utilise evolving state-of-the-art technology to enhance quality, increase efficiency and deliver value for money

Government Targets

A number of key Government strategies aim to shape the Ireland of 2027. The success of these strategies are largely dependent on the construction industry’s capacity over the coming decade. Housing strategy (Rebuilding Ireland): the 2016 plan sets out to achieve a dramatic increase in the delivery of homes in Ireland. Specifically, the plan aims to provide 47,000 new social homes by the end of 2021. €5.35bn funding will be set aside for this element of the plan. The overall target is 25,000 houses per year. A €200m Local Infrastructure Housing Activation Fund is also included to

provide the necessary infrastructure to allow large residential development sites begin construction. Infrastructure Strategy: (A Strategy for a Renewed Construction Sector: Construction 2020). It is recognised by the Government that a vibrant construction sector is a vital component in the delivery of all capital infrastructure. Construction 2020 sets out a cross-government action plan to support a sustainable construction sector over the longer term. Broadband: According to the OECD, Ireland ranks 3rd last for fibre optic penetration with just 0.4% of the total broadband connections. The OECD average was 19.4%. (December 2015 Report). Action Plan for Jobs: There are five strategic ambitions set out in the Action Plan for Jobs, all of which require the constructive engagement of the construction industry: the first is to support 200,000 net additional jobs by 2020, the second is to get Ireland back to a top-five ranking in international competitiveness, the third is to stimulate the domestic economy and generate employment in locally traded sector, the fourth is to build an indigenous engine of growth that drives up the export market share of Irish companies, and the fifth is to build world-class clusters in key sectors of opportunity. FDI targets: Winning: Foreign Direct Investment 2015 – 2019 is the most recent IDA Ireland strategy with an extremely ambitious set of targets for 2019 which include; 80,000 New Jobs (35,000 net new jobs), bringing total employment to 209,000 and 900 Investments which will include new and existing clients, with a strong focus on investments into regional locations.

Long-term enterprise strategy

Enterprise 2025: This strategy is a ten-year jobs and enterprise strategy which charts the course to rebuilding the economy to achieve full employment and to sustaining it over the longterm. A medium term target of 2.18 million people at work by 2020 is included. National Policy on climate change – Climate Action and Low- Carbon Development. The stated aim of the climate change national policy is ‘to achieve transition to a competitive, low carbon, climate-resilient and environmentally sustainable economy by 2050. C We are asking for your opinion. Please see questionnaire on page 23.

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up-front payment for Part V units


minister simon coveney Up-front provision of funding for Part V commitments A scheme is currently being developed where developments can benefit from the up-front payment for Part V units which are normally paid for on completion. A budget of €140m has been allocated for Part V acquisitions over the initial period of the scheme to the end of 2018.

Minister Simon Coveney

Minister for Housing Planning Community and Local Government Simon Coveney said he was heartened to see that the afternoon’s session was centred around the theme of “Building Sustainable Communities.” “In essence, that’s what the Government’s strategy is all about,” he noted. “Rebuilding Ireland is about more than bricks and mortar – it’s about putting sustainable communities in place across the country. “Rebuilding Ireland provides for an holistic approach to facilitating home-building at scale, through interlinked actions in key areas that were identified by stakeholders.” Simon Coveney mentioned infrastructure, planning and land use, and addressing skills deficits in the construction sector. “While tackling structural constraints is important – the objective of Rebuilding Ireland is to invest in housing and the infrastructure badly needed,” he said.


“For social housing provision, I have agreed €5.35bn with government in exchequer investment to deliver 47,000 social housing

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The Construction Industry With 2016 shaping up to be another improved year of growth for the construction industry, Minister Coveney noted how the Irish economy is growing and “we need to prepare for a growing population. “Improvements in the labour market are expected to continue,” he added. “Evidence is seen in the construction industry with employment increasing. “However, on the downside, house building in the country is still one of the most fraught sectors in our fast growing economy.”

units over the period 2016 to 2021. “I have just come from the launch of Pillar 2 under Rebuilding Ireland – Accelerating Social Housing Delivery. “There are opportunities for house-builders to work with local authorities and approved housing bodies to build new homes across the country. “In particular I want to mention a new scheme where developments can benefit from the up-front payment for Part V units which are normally paid for on completion. “A budget of €140m has been allocated for Part V acquisitions over the initial period of the scheme to the end of 2018. “There are a number of potential positive outcomes to this proposal including a substantial reduction in the funding cost of a project and the ultimate cost to the purchaser, achieving more positive engagement with Part V along with the potential to stimulate construction activity.” C

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Minister Donohoe outlined major infrastructure construction projects which are due to commence in the coming years. In his opening remarks, Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Paschal Donohoe spoke of “the fundamental importance” of the construction sector to the journey this country is now on – in terms of what is happening in our economy and also our future prospects.


Those prospects, he noted, are better than we thought they could be just a few years ago. Minister Donohoe spoke about where we stand now as a country and “the journey we are hoping to make with all of you in the coming years”. On this note, with regards to “the development of an outstanding third level education campus in the heart of Dublin” at Grangeorman, the minister said that this is an example of the kind of project that “I hope the government and public agencies will be able to work with all of you in the private sector on in the coming years. “I look forward to seeing work commence

soon,” he said. “It is a gigantically important project that has the ability to deliver high class urban regeneration in part of the city while speaking directly to a need that our country has at the moment about how we can better upskill many different parts of our society to help them respond back to new challenges we will have in the future.” As regards those in attendance, Minister Donohoe expressed the hope of seeing many of those present, and their employees, on site soon, “beginning work on that exciting project”. As to the Grangegorman project and other works, said the minister, “all of this is taking place in the context of the government looking to respond to the needs our country has in relation to capital investment”. Referring to the difficulties of recent years Paschal Donohoe said we are now at a different place in our economy. “We see what is happening in our roads, our schools, our hospitals, the demand for

homes and office space. “We have to shift gear collectively and quickly within the resources that are available to us to respond back, and plan to do that in a new way.


“The last government published a sixyear plan in 2015 – a six-year plan for infrastructural investment up to 2021. “It was an entire plan that delivered around 42bn worth of investment between the semistate sector and directly from the exchequer in new capital projects across the country. We are seeing tangible proceeds of that kind of investment already underway.” The minister mentioned in this regard many projects including the roll out and construction of new primary care centres for example. “Last weekend Minister Simon Harris turned the sod on what will be the largest primary care centre in the country in Cork,” noted Paschal Donohoe. C

Tom Parlon, Director General, CIF; Michael Stone, President, CIF and Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Paschal Donohue

“As part of the recent Summer Economic Statement,” said Minister Donohoe, “what the government has said is that out of the additional resources that we believe and expect to be available to us in the coming years, we are going to prioritise Capital Investment to take a larger share of those additional resources than have been available before. “We will be working with the sector through putting in place a review of the current Capital Plan to look to deliver

greater clarity as to what we are going to do when and how we expect to do it.” “What we now need to do is, with the expectation of additional resources becoming available, work within government and with yourselves to bring greater clarity to what we want to do and when. “What we will be laying out across the first half of next year is a review of the current Capital Plan – and putting in place a process to identify what we will do when and how.”


We have to shift gear collectively and quickly within the resources that are available to us to respond back, and plan to do that in a new way.


Minister Paschal Donohoe

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Your Vision

In 2027, if we have achieved our vision, what will have been achieved by industry and Government in terms of: Q1: How we collaborate with Government and the State

Q2: How have sub-sectors of our industry collaborated to improve efficiency?

Q3: What financial environment has been built to help scale our companies?

Q4: What supports have been put in place to drive innovation and technology uptake?

Q5: What has happened to support regional construction?

Q6: What has industry done to enhance its reputation in society?

Q7: How have we dealt with any breaches in standards and quality?

Q8: The technical, professional and managerial skill mix, and the training/education pipelines

Q9: The structures, functioning, capability and performance of the CIF organisation

Q10: Making our industry an example of diversity and a career destination for talent

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L&M Keating, overall winners, with CIF President Michael Stone, far left, and CECA President, Colin Cleary, centre with minister Sean Canney to his left

L&M Keating’s winning project at Cape Clear Island

CECA Inaugural awards a major success!

This year saw the awarding of the inaugural CECA Excellence Awards which honour the passionate work of members of the Civil Engineering Contractors Association, right across the industry. From small businesses to companies generating hundreds of millions in turnover every year, these Awards recognise the diversity of work being carried out.


here was, naturally, much anticipation surrounding the inaugural CECA Excellence Awards. And so it was that on 16 September all roads led to the Double Tree Hotel in Dublin where MC for the evening Sile Seoige and special guest Ray Houghton made sure that it would be a night to remember. Presenting the Awards, Judging Panel Chairman Tim Ahern told attendees of the intention “to document the excellent work members have completed over the last 5 years when Ireland’s infrastructure was brought to a world-class standard”. In this inaugural year of the CECA Excellence Awards, almost 30 entries were received from members and succeeded in highlighting the most exciting innovations to be substantially completed in Ireland since January 2011, explained Tim Ahern. The awards were judged by a panel of five judges, including the Chairman, over the following categories: • Projects over 10 million Euro • Projects between 5-10 million Euro

• Projects between 2-5 million Euro • Projects under 2 million Euro • Best Health & Safety Initiative

President, Pat Lucey, of John Sisk & Son (Holdings) Ltd. noted: “Bray Shanganagh is a state-of-the-art treatment plant. We are delighted that this has been recognised in the CECA awards.” Representatives from Sisk Drace Dragados Joint Venture, winners of the over €10m category for Bray Shanganagh Waste Water Treatment Works, with CECA President Colin Cleary

Awards: 5-10 million

Awards: over 10 million

Highly Commended: Grangegorman Site Infrastructure & Public Realm Project by Roadbridge Winner: Bray Shanganagh Waste Water Treatment Works from Sisk Dragados Drace Joint Venture Speaking to Construction, former CECA

Highly Commended: Broadmeadow Estuary Viaduct Reconstruction, Malahide by Jons Civil Engineering Co. Ltd. Winner: Kilkenny Central Access Scheme Phase 1 from John Craddock Ltd. John Craddock told Construction: “This landmark project was technically and operationally a challenging one, located as it was in an historically

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Tim Ahern

Representatives from John Cradock Ltd, winners of the €5-€10m Category Award for Kilkenny Central Access Scheme Phase 1, with CECA President Colin Cleary significant urban area, and also within a Special Area of Conservation. We are delighted that the finished project has been recognised with this award – it is a fitting testament to the hard work and effort of the entire team at JCL.”

Awards: 2-5 million

Awards: Under 2 million

Highly Commended: Restoration & Refurbishment of Beaver Row Footbridge from Clonmel Enterprises Ltd. (See featured project in this issue) Winner: Fassaugh Road Bridge Renewal from John Sisk & Son (Holdings) Ltd.

Said Roadbridge’s Des Mulcair to Construction: “Roadbridge are delighted to win the 2016 CECA Excellence award for Safety. This award is testament to the degree to which we value the safety, health and welfare of all of the people working for us, either directly or indirectly.

Highly Commended: Leopardstown Link Road & Roundabout Reconfiguration Scheme by Clonmel Enterprises Ltd. Winner: Cape Clear Island - Harbour Redevelopment & Storm Gates from L&M Keating Ltd.

Representatives from John Sisk & Son Holdings Ltd, winners in the under €2m category for Fassaugh Road Bridge Renewal, pictured with CECA President, Colin Cleary

Representatives of L&M Keating Ltd, pictured here with their Award for Cape Clear – Harbour Redevelopment & Storm Gates in the €2-€5m category, along with CECA President Colin Cleary The winning project here went on to receive the accolade of Overall Winner on the night. Said Louis Keating to Construction: “We are overjoyed with the win. We have been in the business for 30 years and now have over 100 of the best people delivering some of the most innovative, technically challenging building and marine projects in the country.”

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Winners in the Best Health & Safety Initiative category, Roadbridge Ltd. for Grangegorman Site Infrastructure & Public Realm Project, pictured alongside CECA President Colin Cleary with the CIF Safety Posters for Construction Safety Week, the final day of which coincided with the presentation of the Award

In conversation with Construction, Pat Lucey of John Sisk & Son (Holdings) Ltd. noted: “This project is a credit to the Irish Rail design team and the Sisk team lead by Alan Donnelly. Local residents have commented that it was an inspirational Civil Engineering project for school children in the area.”

“Roadbridge continually strives to improve in the SHEQ area and ensure that safety is the primary concern of all of our people. “Our safety department worked very hard to achieve these very high standards and this award is a super reward for all their efforts.”

Awards: Best Health & Safety initiative

This year’s overall winner Cape Clear Island - Harbour Redevelopment & Storm Gates from L&M Keating Ltd

Highly Commended: Carysfort - Maretimo Stream Improvement Scheme by Wills Bros Ltd. Winner: Grangegorman Site Infrastructure & Public Realm Project from Roadbridge.

L&M Keating was awarded the prestigious: Civil Engineering Project of the Year


L-R: CECA Secretary, Alison Irving; CIF President, Michael Stone; CIF Director, Main Contracting, Martin Lang; CECA President, Colin Cleary; Minister of State OPW, Flood Relief, Sean Canney TD; Geraldine Canney Louis Keating, Managing Director of L&M Keating, recipients of the overall award for the inaugural CECA Excellence Awards for Cape Clear Island – Harbour Redevelopment & Storm Gates, pictured with Tim Ahern, Judging Panel Chairman and Colin Cleary, CECA President award for their work on the design & construction of Cape Clear Island – Harbour Development & Storm Gates. For this project, L&M Keating offered a totally bespoke innovative contractordesigned solution. The company chose to precast the largest element, the concrete lock chamber, off-site on the mainland. The 15x15x9m high, 1000t concrete structure was cast and successfully floated from Verolme Drydock, Cobh over 130km to Cape Clear Island. It was then sunk into position on foundations 7m below water. The team then installed a set of sophisticated computer-controlled mitre storm gates, which includes two 30t gate leaves each operated by 140t hydraulic rams. This novel solution ensured that the harbour and vital link to the mainland remained accessible throughout the construction programme and improved safety by minimising underwater construction works. Design & project coordination of the project was carried out by Project Director, Richard Browne. Richard who was selected as Chartered Engineer of the Year, 2015/6 said: “This was a highly technical jigsaw which took the efforts of our crews and

About L&M Keating

L-R: Vicki Cleary; CECA President Colin Cleary; Master of Ceremonies, Síle Seoige; Guest Speaker, Ray Houghton over 14 separate design specialists to put it together. “The largest component had to arrive in a 2hr slot at the right stage of the right tide with the right weather conditions.” Accepting the award, Louis Keating said: “This project had it all, technical challenges, off shore logistics and cutting edge design. It’s humbling to have our project voted best in the country by such an esteemed panel of judges.” The project has proved to be a great success and today provides protection to the critical harbour infrastructure and safety to the islanders, fishing boats and passenger ferry. L&M Keating, Building & Civil Engineering Contractors have developed a name for delivering the most technically challenging marine civil engineering projects, particularly in the design and build sector. The company is currently working on a number of marine projects such as Rossaveel Harbour and Dublin Port Redevelopment.

L&M Keating is a multidisciplinary building & civil engineering contractors established in 1987 by Louis Keating. The company headquarters is in Kilmihil, Co. Clare but it now also operates from regional offices in Dublin with current live projects throughout the length and breadth of the country. It directly employs over 100 construction professionals in both building and civil engineering divisions. The company has established a reputation as a market leader – not just in complex civil engineering projects but in high quality pharmaceutical and educational building sectors also. Recent high profile contracts include Doolin Pier, Co Clare; St. Angela’s College, Cork; Stryker Innovation Centre, Cork and Foynes East Jetty reclamation works.


“With 2016 being the inaugural year of the CECA Excellence Awards, we look forward to growing on the strength of this year’s awards and the industry support received to ensure that they remain the hallmark for quality and innovation within the industry,” said Tim Ahern. “I would like to take this opportunity to thank my fellow judges Peter Faherty, Clare McGrath, Michael Nolan and Gerry Galvin for their involvement and work over the last few months on the judging process,” he added. Tim Ahern concluded by thanking the CECA Executive Committee and staff for their dedication and support for the industry and, most importantly, each entrant for their application to the CECA Excellence Awards 2016.

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New CECA President Colin Cleary welcomes awards attendees Colin Cleary, CECA President

“Unlike previous years this is not just an evening to eat, drink and be merry”, said Colin Cleary. “Tonight we will be announcing the winners of our newly launched Annual Civil Engineering Awards. “From speaking with our judges earlier this evening, I understand they were left with a difficult task to establish a winner from what were all excellent projects,” added Colin Cleary. “The night cannot pass without us recognising the hard work of the Government Contracts Committee and the engagement they undertook with, not just the CECA, but with a broad spectrum of bodies and individuals across our industry. “In April of this year we saw the introduction of revised Public Works Contracts with amended clauses to reduce the substantial risk which was being put on our members in the last few years, when the economic climate wasn’t as strong as it is today. “We look forward to development of the Medium Term Strategy to bring forward more certainty in connection with the delivery of projects in terms of efficiency and quality.

Capital Expenditure

“Despite Ireland being one of the fastest growing economies in Europe, the Civil Engineering Industry and our members have yet to fully experience the full effect of this. The construction sector still only represents 7% of GNP where a sustainable level considered by the European Union should be 12% of GNP. “Through our various committees and forums we engage with TII, Irish Water,

OPW, the Port and Airport Authorities; from this engagement we see very progressive organisations with great people who have great vision for infrastructure in this country. “We in the CECA obviously have an interest in generating turnover for our respective businesses. “However, there is a real need to develop our infrastructure for the good of our country and the economy. “The motorway network has, most importantly, reduced fatalities on our roads and reduced journey times between our urban centres. “Our flood schemes have protected communities and businesses. “Improvements in water quality have brought new leases of life to parishes and towns, allowing them to continue as normal in their day-to-day lives. “Improvements at our ports and airports have allowed trade with other countries to flourish, safeguarding economic growth. “By way of example, a few key infrastructure projects we have been promoting would include a Western Corridor Motorway extending from Donegal to Cork, with the N20 Limerick / Cork Motorway in particular being a long-overdue project. “Let us not forget communities who, again this year, experienced flooding; the communities along the eastern seaboard, where their beaches suffered closures due to water quality concerns and Mayo where boil water notices remained in place up to a number of days ago. “It can be clearly seen our country is crying out for infrastructure investment over a wide geographical area where our own members live and work.”

Minister Sean Canney AT the CECA awards

“We really appreciate the attendance here tonight of Minister of State for the Office of Public Works and Flood Relief,” said CECA President Colin Cleary in his address. Speaking to Construction, the minister, Sean Canney TD., explained how he had been “delighted” to have been invited to the ceremony. “I think it’s a fair reflection of what is happening in the industry at the moment,” he observed. “There’s a lot of innovative projects being done. “It is nice to see that there is a recognition for this and an awards night is an appropriate event to showcase what is going on.” A chartered quantity surveyor, minister Canney noted: “I do appreciate the hard work that goes into a project from inception right through to completion – and all the component parts that make up a project. “It’s great to have a night when you reflect on what has been achieved in terms of types of projects and also innovation. “I am delighted the chairperson of the OPW was involved in the judging panel as well. I hope the association with the OPW will continue in a collaborative fashion into the future.”

About the Civil Engineering Contractors Association The Civil Engineering Contractors Association represents construction contractors specialising in the delivery of civil engineering projects. Its members are active within Ireland and overseas and have played an essential role in the building of Ireland’s economic infrastructure. Typically, Association members undertake transportation projects including motorway and rail, public health projects including water supply, wastewater treatment and flood control, as well as power generation and much more. The Association plays an active role in promoting the highest standards within the industry, and supports the welfare and interests of each individual member. C

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Master Painters & Decorators of Ireland National Convention Weekend, Cork!


he Master Painters and Decorators of Ireland National Convention weekend took place on Friday 30 September and Saturday 1 October in the Kingsley Hotel, Cork, the home town of national President, Mark Dilloughery from Cooney Decorators.


Mark Dilloughery welcomed the member companies of the association, joint main Sponsors: Pat McDonnell Paints and Dulux and European counterparts from Uniep, the International Association of Painting Contractors, and the Painting and Decorating Association (PDA) from the UK and Northern Ireland.

Front. L-R: Isobel McNulty; Tracey Dilloughery; MPDI President, Mark Dilloughery (Cooney Decorators); Lynda Duff. Back. L-R: Donal Lyne (Donal Lyne Decorators Ltd.); Fergal Feehely (Fergal Feehely Ltd.); Caroline Feehely; Eithne O’Malley; Tommy O’Malley (Thomas O’Malley Painting Contractor); John McNulty (J W McNulty Ltd); Pat McGovern (Brightlight Decor); Maria McGovern; Damian Duff, MPDI Vice President (Seamus Duff & Sons Ireland Ltd)

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MPDA The Master Painters launched their website at the Gala Dinner to much applause. The website showcases the Master Painters’ quality workmanship and the comprehensive residential and commercial painting and decorating services it offers nationally. A list of fully qualified painters can be found on the site. ‘Key partner’ this year was Colourtrend with supporting Sponsors Johnstone Paints, Crown Paints, and Fleetwood Paints kindly sponsoring the Golf day which took place in Fota Golf Club.

President Mark Dilloughery toasts the Piper at the Master Painters and Decorators of Ireland National Convention


This important national industry event celebrates the Master Painters and Decorators Association which was founded in 1899 and is one of Ireland’s oldest Trade Associations. It is the country’s only representative body for quality painting and decorating contractors and aims to provide a valuable comprehensive support service for its members. With thanks to the Master Painters Council who are made up of long standing members who are passionate about the association and who are involved in increasing membership, maintaining valuable supplier contacts and providing a network for its members.  C For further information:

Joint Main Sponsors: Richard & Mary Bradfield, Pat McDonnell Paints; Mark Dilloughery, MPDI President; Liz & Paddy Barry, Dulux

Fleetwood Golf Sponsor: Tom Byrne (Fleetwood) presenting a prize to Michael Stone, President, CIF L-R: Andrew Wright, President (PDA); Jennifer Wright; Michael Stone, President, CIF; Patricia Kearns; Tracey Dilloughery; Mark Dilloughery, President MPDI Sean Downey, Director, CIF; Valerie O’Connell; Conor O’Connell, CIF; Tracey Dilloughery; Mark Dilloughery, MPDI President; Gillian Ross, Executive, CIF

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ARE YOU BREAKING THE LAW? IF YOU USE AN UNLICENSED CONTRACTOR TO INSTALL AN INTRUDER ALARM, CCTV, ACCESS CONTROL SYSTEM You could face penalties ranging from a â‚Ź3,000 fine and up to 5 years imprisonment. Under the Private Security Services Acts, licences are compulsory for private security contractors providing Intruder Alarm, CCTV and Access Control installation and maintenance services. Contractors include Alarm Installers, Electrical Contractors and any other business installing electronic security systems Inspectors from the Private Security Authority are now visiting construction sites across the country. If you break the law you will be prosecuted.

You can check if a contractor is licensed at – The Private Security Authority (PSA) is the statutory body responsible for the licensing and regulation of the private security industry in Ireland. The PSA is an agency of the Department of Justice and Equality.

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Construction sector shines at ‘Higher Options’ A great turnout!


L-R: Kellie O’Brien, Savills; Brian Mooney, Education Consultant; Greg Wilson, CIOB; Dave Linehan, EirGrid; Dermot Carey, CIF; Colin Butterly, Collen Construction / Sinead Savage Collen Construction

ne of the largest events on the student calendar is The Irish Times ‘Higher Options’ and over 170 colleges, universities and institutes of further education took part in the exhibition this year.


The event at the RDS in Dublin saw thousands of students from all over the country getting involved over a three-day period. The Construction Sector was represented of course and among those taking part was the CIF. Dermot Carey, Head of Safety and Manpower Services at the CIF tells us, “this is the second year the CIF have taken part in ‘Higher Options’. “Our objective is to raise awareness amongst school leavers of the vast array of opportunities in the sector for careers. “To this end we have teamed up with our colleagues in the industry – Society of Chartered Surveyors, Engineers Ireland and the Chartered Institute of Building to support this message.

L-R: Sarah Coleman (Castleblaney College); Brendan O’Shaughnessy (Suir Engineering) and Emma Farrell (Castleblaney College ) Sinead Savage, Collen Construction

Colin Butterly, Collen Construction


“Over the three days, we ran three career seminars for young people. At these events, recent graduates and apprentices told the story of why and how they entered the industry and their hopes for their future careers. “During these three days over 1,500 young people attended these seminars – a huge jump from last year. “Also, our stand was manned by volunteers from our member companies – Suir Engineering; Leo Lynch Ltd.; Sisk Holdings; Collen Construction; King & Moffatt, all of whom attended with graduates and apprentices who could speak to the visiting students about their experiences.” C

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Kellie O’Brien, Savills Brian Mooney

Sinead and Colin from Collen with Dermot Carey, CIF

Christine Blake (Holy Family, Newbridge) and Lorna Duffy (Collen)

Hill INternational

Adjudication – what’s the fuss?

Adjudication has arrived in Ireland – there have already been many training courses and seminars on the subject, but what’s the fuss about and just how might it work? Background

Statutory (i.e. governed by the law of the land, rather than through contract or an informal arrangement) Adjudication was developed in the UK. It was a result of Government reports identifying disputes as leading to problems with cashflow and increased construction costs. Cashflow issues and the cost of disputing through courts had led to the demise of many small businesses and sub-contractors. Under the snappy title of the “Housing Grants and Construction Regeneration Act, 1997”, a ’28 day’ process of dispute resolution was introduced. Under this process anyone involved in a construction contract could resolve their dispute through Adjudication, regardless of the contract wording. The process involves the submission of claims, responses to those claims and potentially a number of back-andforth document submissions as each party addresses the assertions of the other. There will sometimes be an oral ‘hearing’, but more often the decision of the adjudicator is made in writing on the basis of written submissions. The process is less formal than court, doesn’t require judges and barristers or expert witnesses, and is theoretically complete within four weeks (though often extended), allowing cash, “the lifeblood of the industry”, to flow and projects to continue. Generally it seems to have been widely perceived as successful, and has been emulated around the world, including Australia, Singapore and Malaysia. Even the Gulf state Qatar has examined its possibilities. Adjudication’s been described as ‘rough justice’ due to its informality and speed of decisions. However, it’s been widely supported by the UK courts. Though decisions of adjudicators have been disputed, often on grounds of ‘jurisdiction’ – whether the adjudicator has the right to determine a matter on which they decide – they’re generally upheld.


In Ireland there’s been talk of bringing in statutory Adjudication for around ten years. Some have argued against it formally, stating that to bring in a system which allows for non-contractual informal dispute resolution might conflict with Ireland’s constitution. Others have argued that Adjudication is superfluous in any case, as the use of conciliation is widespread and already popular and successful. Nevertheless, after Minister for Business and Employment, Senator Ged Nash signed the Act last year, requiring that every applicable construction contract entered into after 25th July this year is, under statute, subject to Adjudication. The Act in Ireland means that anyone can refer a ‘payment dispute’ in a construction contract to Adjudication. There are some significant differences between Irish Adjudication and others, notably that in Ireland there’s a state appointed panel of adjudicators headed by Professor Dr Nael Bunni, and that disputes must relate to payment.

dispute to Adjudication and obtain a quick yet semi-formal and legally binding resolution to a dispute, rather than chance a less formal system such as conciliation which is non-binding. In December this year, Hill International will join up with a number of experts in Adjudication to examine and explain, through a workshop type scenario, the process of a typical Adjudication, from the crystallisation of the disputed matters to the Adjudicators decision. The workshop will examine how the process works, the strategic decisions parties are face with and will provide a set of sample documents and information to assist the audience in their understanding of the process. More information at www. C

What happens now?

It’s taken over ten years to reach this stage, so there’s been no hurry to get here. Some feel that there may be reluctance to be the first to put a head above the parapet, and there will most likely be court challenges to the first adjudicator’s decisions. Nevertheless, it seems there is some appetite among solicitors who advise clients, to try out the Adjudication. It’s now quite normal in Belfast to refer a

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Construction Safety Week – launch features powerful true life stories Construction Safety Week is an annual event involving a series of week-long initiatives run across construction sites and offices nationally and designed to highlight the importance of safety in the construction industry. Construction was there throughout the week to bring you some of the highlights!


he Minister for Employment and Small Business, Pat Breen launched Construction Safety Week 2016 at an event held at the Health and Safety Authority’s HQ in Dublin.


This year the Health and Safety Authority (HSA), the Construction Industry Federation (CIF), the Construction Safety Partnership Advisory Committee (CSPAC) and the National Rehabilitation Hospital (NRH) joined forces to produce a series of videos aimed at self-employed and small business employers involved in the construction industry. The series entitled In the Blink of an Eye focused on three construction workers (Peader, Robert and Shane) who, after experiencing serious workplace accidents, were treated at the Two of the former construction workers who told their stories in the video series, In the Blink of an Eye. Robert Bradshaw (left) and Shane Gannon (right) with Mary Bradshaw (far left) and Shane’s partner Jean Petit (far right) at the launch of Construction Safety Week.

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Martin O’Halloran, HSA CEO; Michael Stone, President of the CIF and Pat Breen TD, Minister for Employment and Small Business at the launch of Construction Safety Week.


These videos get behind the statistics to show that real people are involved and their families suffer too.


– Michael Stone, CIF president.

National Rehabilitation Hospital (NRH). They discussed the effects of their accidents on them and their families, the journey through rehabilitation and how

their lives had changed. Also featured were medical professionals from the NRH who spoke about the types of injuries they treat along with the physical, mental and financial consequences of a serious construction accident. Said Minister Breen: “I am extremely impressed by the bravery and honesty of these three men. “They, along with their families, have opened up and told their stories in the hope that others would not have to suffer as they have. “The overall message is powerful and clear; due to the nature of construction work, the consequences of accidents can be devastating to the injured party and to their family and friends. “We will continue to work with the unions and the CIF to make sure that

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safety on construction sites remains a priority.”


Martin O’Halloran CEO of the HSA said: “These videos are hard-hitting and quite emotional in tone. “We believe accident prevention is hugely important and the videos will make anyone think twice before taking unnecessary chances. “Site inspections also play a vital part in the overall construction safety mix. This week we will be targeting 350 sites with an emphasis on safe work at height and advice for small contractors.” Michael Stone, President of the CIF added: “We tend to concentrate on fatalities when we consider workplace accidents, and while these are the ultimate tragedy, there are about 600 construction non-fatal accidents reported to the HSA every year. “What’s often overlooked is the impact of the most serious of these accidents on the lives of those who experience them. “These videos get behind the statistics to show that real people are involved and their families suffer too,” said Michael Stone. “We know that one of the best ways to promote the importance of safety in any industry is to create peer-to-peer discussion,” noted Pat Kenny, joint chair of the CSPAC. “Anyone – particularly a small contractor or self-employed construction worker – that sees these stories will recognise that one day it could be them involved in a serious incident. “Our message is clear, don’t wait for something to happen, make site safety a priority today.”


Also speaking at the launch was Professor Mark Delargy, Clinical Director of the NRH. Professor Delargy said: “With advances in modern medicine, the ability to save lives has increased but with that comes rehabilitation. “We try to help people rebuild and live their lives combining multiple therapies under four programmes: spinal cord injury, brain injury, POLAR (prosthetics) and paediatrics. “I think that anyone who sees these videos will see how the journey through rehabilitation can be long, challenging and life changing.” The videos can be viewed at www.hsa. ie and

Dermot Carey, CIF, makes presentation to the staff and management at Collen Construction. L-R: Collen’s Joe O’Dwyer; Sinead Savage; Tommy Drumm (MD); Michael McDonogh (HSA); Dermot Carey, CIF and David Lee, Collen

This became a talking point – and that’s what we want when it comes to safety. – Joe O’Dwyer.


Construction Safety & Health Innovation Award – Collen Construction One of the highlights of Construction Safety Week was a presentation to Collen Construction of the Construction Safety & Health Innovation Award for a very special initiative devised by the company. The award recognised Collen’s innovative behavior-based safety signage featuring a collection of life-sized figures incorporating important safety messages. Tommy Drumm, Managing Director, told Construction: “We are absolutely thrilled. “It gives great satisfaction to realise that some of the ideas that Health & Safety Manager Joe O’Dywer and his team came up with have been recognised like this. “People look at these figures and it gets their attention,” said Tommy, “it was a brilliant initiative.”

Working with a team of eleven people Joe O’Dwyer told us that it was all “very much a team effort”. “We sat down and asked: ‘what can we do differently to change minds and attitudes?” said Joe. “The idea was to grab attention. “This became a talking point and that’s what we want when it comes to safety,” added Joe. “The whole thing is about creating awareness – that is the objective!” Construction Director, David Lee works closely with Joe O’Dwyer and the team. “The award is a great achievement for the company and shows leadership around safety,” he told Construction. “Every day you want to see people go home safely.”

Construction Safety Representative of The Year Award – John Paul construction The Iconic Miesian Plaza, 50-58 Lower Baggot Street, Dublin – formerly the Bank of Ireland headquarters – was the location for the presentation of the Construction Safety Representative of The Year award. John Paul Construction are main contractors for the redevelopment here and the Award from the Construction Safety Partnership went to Paddy Ryan. CIF’s Dermot Carey explained that there had been a very positive response to the call for entries at the beginning of this year. Site Safety Officer Chris O’Reilly at John Paul had nominated Paddy who was the clear winner, chosen by the independent judging panel.  Contracts manager, Joe Sheeran told us: “We’re delighted with this achievement. Paddy is a long-serving member of the company and we are delighted he is getting this award.” Michael McLoughlin is the Health and

Michael McDonogh (HSA); John Paul’s Paddy Ryan; Dermot carey and Joe Sheeran (John Paul)

Safety Manager here. Says Michael: “We are delighted for Paddy on a personal level and also for the company to receive this award. It’s a great reward for all the work he puts in. “Paddy makes a great Safety Rep because of the enthusiasm he brings to the role and his approachability,” added Michael. “I’m absolutely chuffed,” said Paddy. “I try to explain to people that safety should begin from the moment they leave their house in the morning. “It’s all about getting everyone through their day’s work safely – every day.” Paddy also explained about the significance of thinking safety on a busy site where there are upwards of 300 people working in the proximity of two schools, a very busy street and a sitting tenant. A fitting winner, we thought!

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Galway focus At the CPAS pensions breakfast briefing on Wednesday, 14 September 2016 in the Maldron Hotel, Galway, Justin Molloy, CIF Regional Director gave a short presentation to participants on Construction Safety Week.

Safety week at Suir engineering As part of Construction Safety Week, Suir Engineering carried out a number of events on sites across the country. In addition to their subcontractors, Suir Engineering have 600 people directly employed, with staff spread across 29 different sites. “Therefore it is imperative for us that our staff are conscious at

all times of the risks that surround them as they do their job,” was the message from David Phelan, Business Development Manager. “At the end of the day the safety and wellbeing of our staff comes first. The following are some of the events that took place during the week.” • All senior management visited

sites to attend safety Tool Box Talks. • Come Home Safe campaign was rolled out. This is a campaign around getting people to think about getting home safely to their families. • Lock out Tag Out campaign. This is an awareness campaign of the dangers of working around electricity. • General awareness of the risks and dangers around constructions sites.

“As well as constantly speaking to our staff, subcontractors and clients, we try and engage with the local community,” Construction is told. The wonderful picture here came about as a result of Suir Engineering laying power cables outside a local school. It’s all about inclusivity – as we see in our article on Engaging with Future Talent in this issue!

UHG GEM Elliot JV Safety – everyone is playing their part! Our picture was taken at University Hospital Galway’s “75 Bed Ward Block” which is being built by GEM Elliott Joint Venture. C

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t Construction, we like to keep it simple, but that doesn’t mean we are afraid to tackle the big issues affecting the sector. Rather, we do so in a way that cuts to the chase, goes to the heart of the issues that affect members – reporting, analyzing, interpreting and explaining the latest developments, and how these affect our readers in their day-to-day activities and beyond. We recognised that the needs of our readers have changed considerably, and in part responded by launching a few years back. Now, we are going further by delivering you an even wider choice in how you access and consume your Construction magazine and construction news. We are delighted to announce that will be an even more integral part of our service offering to you, and we hope, an even more important resource to help you carry out your work. We are developing into an online resource that will contain all you need to know about construction in Ireland. We invite you to join the community by checking-in and engaging with us online. – our digital arm – now brings you all

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On the road with CPAS! CPAS held a series of Roadshows in September, meeting employers in the construction sector across Dublin north & south, Cork, Galway and Tullamore. Paula Thornton, CPAS Business Development Manager, looks back on a very successful and informative initiative. Lenny speaking in Galway


he title of the recent CPAS Roadshows was: “Challenges & Opportunities 2017 and beyond” and the content provided crucial information for leaders in the construction sector, covering topics such as the economic and investment market outlook, an economic view of the sector now and into the future, retirement planning advice and tax planning.


Overall, the focus was on providing attendees with the information, knowledge and practical tips to prosper in the coming years. Below are outlined some of the highlights from each of our presenters. For the global economic and investment outlook we had a presentation from Lenny McLoughlin, markets economist at Irish Life Investment Managers. For those who attended in Cork, our presenter was Eugene Kiernan, head of investment strategy at Appian Asset Management. Their aim was to give us a broad outline of investment markets, the performance of the different asset classes and their predictions for the future.

It’s always difficult to predict investment markets but both presenters came to the same conclusion – “we are living in a world of low numbers”. This includes economic growth, employment growth and investment growth. They took us through prospects for Equities, Bonds and Property Investments. Describing Brexit as a journey not an event, Eugene Kiernan used the analogy of the Cork to Dublin train which seems to be moving very

slowly. Seemingly, we had left Cork but were only in Mallow, so plenty more stops to go! Historically, there have always been risks and there always will be, but we can expect modest returns on our investments in this current world of low numbers. Our second speaker was Annette Hughes, Director at DKM Economic Consultants. As an economist specialising in the construction sector, Annette has carried out an extensive study of the sector for the CIF. This study aims to predict construction growth over the short to medium term in relation to investment in the sector, jobs growth and skills training. Annette took us through the jobs figures from the height of the “boom” to the bottom of the recession, a period when, nationally, 330,000 jobs were lost and, as we know, a lot of those lost jobs were in construction. The recovery continues and 55% of those jobs are back. Based on projected growth in the sector over the short- to medium-term, Annette estimates that this will result in a further 80,000 construction jobs.


Annette pointed out that not all


Even cutting down on a small expense (such as a daily coffee) could make a difference to our savings.


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Susan O’Mara from Milestone Advisory explaining pension challenges in the Tullamore Court Hotel

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Susan O’Mara from Milestone Advisory explaining pension challenges in the Tullamore Court Hotel construction companies are feeling the recovery yet, but the figures indicate that the industry has been recovering since 2013; albeit from an exceptionally low base. However, a concern for the sector at the moment is the number of young people in apprenticeships. If the industry continues to recover at the rate predicted by Annette’s study, we could be heading for a skills shortage and apprenticeship intake needs ramping up. It is important that government and the industry give this attention now to avoid a situation of wage inflation and increased building costs. Through each sector of the industry – house building, FDI, public projects, it appears from the research that the sector is in for some good times and there are positive indicators for the medium-term. Ultimately, according to Annette, a properly functioning market is reliant on a properly functioning government. Our next speaker was Susan O’Mara from Milestone Advisory (See Susan’s regular column on Pensions in this issue of Construction), the financial advisory arm of CPAS.

Natalie Ryan of CPAS welcoming attendees in Tullamore

Susan introduced attendees to the challenges for the pensions industry in relation to life expectancy (living longer), state pensions (lack of funding and amount), the cost of pensions (low bond yields) and the level of private pensions saving which is actually reducing rather than increasing.


Susan took us through some of the statistics around a CSO household study in relation to pensions savings and the numbers in our sector were worrying as construction employees that were saving

Paula Thornton, CPAS; Susan O’Mara, Milestone Advisory; Manus Butterly; Annette Hughes DKM Economic Consultants; Tom Parlon & Lenny McLoughlin, ILIM in Castleknock

for retirement have reduced dramatically in recent years. This is understandable when you consider that construction was probably hit hardest by the recession, but as the industry improves we need to give pension savings a strong focus. As a service provider to the sector, CPAS needs to simplify and make clear our message that a pension arrangement is a tax efficient way of saving money now that will allow you to live more comfortably when you retire. Susan took us through a simple example of how even cutting down on a small expense (such as a daily coffee) could make a difference to our savings. Susan stated that it is important in the current world of Defined Contribution savings to give our members a fund to target for. Susan then took us through her calculations in relation to aiming for a fund at retirement that will provide you with a sizeable tax-free lump sum and a tax-free income by availing of the tax exemption limit. The message was simple. Starting younger and saving regularly is key to a financially comfortable retirement. Noting Annette’s comments about positive sentiment for the construction sector, Susan stated that the cyclical nature of the sector should be considered when it comes to retirement planning and now might be the time to “make hay while the sun shines”! Our final speakers to close our roadshows were Manus Butterly in Castleknock and Clive Slattery at other locations. Both Manus and Clive took us through some tips around company finances and tax savings.


Manus provided guidance on getting through a company revenue audit together with some advice on company and personal tax planning. Clive gave some examples of pension savings through the company business and also took us through inheritance planning and CAT relief. Both speakers had plenty of tips for those who attended and were available for questions and answers after the presentations. All presentations were well received and we would also like to thank Tom Parlon who provided food for thought for the industry in his opening address. C Further information in relation to the content of the CPAS Roadshow is available from your CERS or CWPS contact.

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Linesight rebrand marked by major Dublin event


t’s an exciting time at the organisation formally known as Bruce Shaw – now Linesight. Following months of hard work, they have launched their new brand identity, name and website.


“This is a change which marks the start of the next chapter in our developing business and formalizes our global growth strategy,” was the message. The celebration of the new name and brand took place at the RHA Gallagher Gallery, Ely Place, Dublin. Said Group CEO at Linesight, Gerard Campbell: “We are very proud of the result of the hard work put in by everybody over the last 6 months. “Linesight was born on schedule and on budget and has already received a great response from our staff, fellow professionals and clients. “Back in April, at the handbook launch, we first announced our strategy to grow our business at home and abroad. “Linesight gives us a brand name we can use in all the strategic locations we operate in around the world. “We are bringing 40 years of experience, with a solid reputation and great people to the new brand of Linesight. “The personnel have not changed and neither will our policy to bring consistent, clear advice to our fellow professionals and clients.

Pictured at the RHA, Dublin, to celebrate the global rebranding of International construction consultancy firm, Bruce Shaw to Linesight were, (L-R): Richard Joyce, Managing Director Ireland, Linesight; Simon Coveney, Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government; Brendan O’Mara, Chairman, Linesight and Gerard Campbell, Group Chief Executive Officer, Linesight


“Our strategy to expand our service into the 4 regions of North America, Middle East, Far East and Europe is in good shape with 16 offices around the world including Dublin, London, New York, San Francisco, Dubai, Singapore, Sydney and Tel Aviv just to mention a few. “We are proud that all the support for these offices in IT, Minister Coveney addresses HR, Accounts and Marketing is the gathering provided from our people here in Ireland “Plans to attract and grow the best people are well in place with 120 new hires already in 2016. “These include senior people with new skills. With these skills we are expanding the services we are offering our clients. “Why have we changed the name? As mentioned, we have developed a strategy to develop a global business. “We needed a brand we could

own and invest in around the world. “Unfortunately this was not possible with Bruce Shaw. Linesight is now registered around the world and we own the right to use it in all our strategic markets.


“So, in order to deliver on all these plans there has been some re-structuring of the organisation and I am delighted to announced that Richard Joyce has accepted the role of Managing Director in Ireland and I look forward to working very closely with him over the coming years. “Under the new name, Linesight, we will continue with our plans first outlined to you last April. • Invest in growing and attracting the best talent • Expand the services we offer our clients • Foster strategic partnerships with our fellow professionals and clients “Our success in delivering on these plans will allow us all in Linesight to achieve our vision of having the best people delivering the best outcomes for our clients.” C

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Get over it! Project: Refurbishment & Restoration of Beaver Row Footbridge, Beaver Row, Donnybrook, Dublin 4 Clonmel Enterprises Ltd., Main Contractor

Our featured project takes us to Donnybrook in Dublin where an iconic footbridge gets a makeover.

Removal of the structure

Commencing reassembly of the structure


eaver Row Footbridge connects Beaver Row to Brookvale Road in Donnybrook, Dublin. This bridge was constructed c.1880 and is considered a landmark of Donnybrook with cultural, amenity, social and heritage value.

Reconstruction of central pier


The footbridge which was a local community access to Donnybrook church had been closed to the public for a number of years due to safety concerns. As the cast iron footbridge is a protected structure, all rehabilitation was carried out at a specialist ironwork repair facility, Bushy Park Ironworks, located in Dublin.  The bridge consists of two 1.15m deep lattice trusses either side of a 0.95m wide footway. The existing footway was at some point reconstructed in concrete which was supported by the stiffened wrought iron deck supported on the trusses.

Completing stonework


The civil works consisted of the replacement of the existing central pier and the repair and reconstruction of the masonry abutments. In order to complete these works it was necessary to work within the River Dodder

which had associated environmental and health and safety risks. All works were carried out using sustainable methods with the end results providing a quality product which provides direct benefits to the local community. C


The bridge is two spans with a cast iron central pier supported on a concrete foundation within the river, supported at either end on masonry abutments. To carry out the restoration works on the structure, it was removed from site to the Ironworks.  To maintain the historical heritage of the structure it was necessary to replace the corroded sections with comparable cast iron elements. These were salvaged from original Dublin railings and Naval chains from the UK.  The materials were worked using original Blacksmiths’ methods to produce the replacement sections for the trusses. This included in excess of 500 hand-forged rivets to be used as structural connections. 

Completed structure including pier

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What to do to minimise the impact of the hard insurance market

by David Lynch, Capital Cover Group


he signs would suggest that a hardening of the rates and an increase in premium for Employers/ Public Liability (EL/PL) insurance for the construction sector is on the cards and may be imminent. As widely reported, motor insurance (including fleet and commercial vehicle insurance) is now going through a very difficult time with limited availability (capacity) in the market leading to significantly increased premiums (reports vary from 25% to 500%). As a general rule, the hardening of the motor market is a precursor for similar in the EL/PL market. The reasons for the increases are varied and complex but include the following: • There is clear evidence that the increase in the jurisdiction of personal injury awards in the Circuit and District Courts has led to very significant claims inflation. The news media is full of reports of alarming court settlements. For example: • In one case at the High Court in Limerick, an award of €508,000 and legal costs of €220,000 was made following a “relatively straightforward” road traffic accident. The plaintiff ’s solicitor had been seeking only €150,000 and legal costs had initially been expected to be €71,000. • In Sligo, the court awarded €278,000 and legal costs of €122,000 where the plaintiff had been seeking €100,000. • In a Galway case, a plaintiff had sought €100,000 before the case began, but the judge awarded €175,000. • The Injuries Board, brought in to reduce or eliminate legal costs, has not succeeded

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• The increased capital requirements around Solvency II has led at least one Insurer to temporarily suspend writing business. • The PIAB Book of Quantum has not been updated since its introduction in 2004. In the 2013 case of O’Neill v. Rawluk (2013), Mr Justice Moriarty stated that he had ‘derived little assistance’ from the Book of Quantum in a case that presented any complications whatsoever.

Whiplash awards:

The majority of all car insurance payouts are for whiplash-related injuries, it has been claimed. Irish Insurance Federation chief Kevin Thompson said the average payout was €15,000 which is driving up the cost of motor premiums nationwide. He added legal costs were another serious issue for the industry as they account for up to 60% of all payouts when the case goes to court. Spokesman Declan O’Rourke of AIG: “In France and Germany the normal award for whiplash is between €2,000 and €3,000 and the legal fees are in the hundreds. In Ireland, the average award for whiplash is €15,000. So we have the most expensive necks in Europe”.

Litigation Culture

Employers body IBEC said: “excessive judicial awards and a litigation culture” were feeding into higher consumer prices, and even minor accidents were increasingly prompting compensation claims. At the launch of its report, Time to Reduce the Burden of Personal Injury Claims, it said even when liability is not contested, those claims often lead to unnecessary, costly court cases.


Good risk management and claims management is always key to securing the best possible insurance terms.


insurance In Ireland, courts are guided to award between €16,000 and €35,000 for an ankle fracture, whereas courts in England and Wales can award up to a maximum amount of €14,000 for a similar injury. Having set the scene (albeit very briefly) here are some suggestions as to what might be done to mitigate, in so far as that is possible, the effects of a hard market: (1) Choose your Insurer carefully and try to get a long-term deal. The EL/ PL insurance sector (particularly for construction) is littered with Insurers who come and go and this does not do the construction industry any favours. Against that background, there are a number of Insurers in the market who have been around through thick and thin and, while they are not always the most competitive at any given point in time, they offer great value over an extended timeframe due to their consistency and stability. At this point in the market cycle, it would be wise to “get in” with one of these Insurers (if you are not already there) and try to secure your rates/ premium for a two or three year period. This will give you a cushion and will mean that you can price work knowing what your insurance costs are going to be. Many people will remember the extremely sharp spike in premiums around 2002/2003 following the collapse of one major insurance company and the withdrawal from the market of a number of others, which led to premium hikes of 500% or more – at that time, companies who were insured with the “stable market” tended to fare much better than others. (2) Good risk management and claims management is always key to securing the best possible insurance terms. If a contractor can clearly demonstrate better than average safety management structures, there is a far better chance of securing favourable terms. Factors which should be considered and should be brought to your Insurer’s attention are: • Information on your in-house safety management capabilities and / or the engagement of experienced, qualified and reputable external consultants • Any industry accepted safety awards (particularly the CIF’s Safe T Cert) • The ability to demonstrate that you have an effective accident reporting procedure and claims management capability. Your Broker should be able


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to advise you on what is appropriate but it should include, as a minimum, the following: • Detailed accident report including on-the-spot witness statements, photographs and as much detail of the incident as possible. • Follow through procedures (if appropriate) with the injured party. • A policy on implementation of changes to work practice following an incident or an “near miss”. (3) If you are in any financial position to do so, and are satisfied with your Risk Management and Claims Management procedures, you might consider taking on an increased claims excess (deductible) either in the aggregate or for each and every claim. Most Insurers, who are committed to the market, will happily buy into such an arrangement and will support you in circumstances (such as government contracts) where increased excesses are not permitted.

If a contractor can clearly demonstrate better than average safety management structures, there is a far better chance of securing favourable terms.


(4) Finally, choose your Broker carefully. Construction insurance is becoming ever more complicated and a Broker with specialised knowledge of (a) the construction insurance market and (b) the requirements of the various contract and sub–contract conditions is absolutely essential. Capital Cover Group are official Brokers to The Construction Industry Federation and have a track record going back thirty years or more in the construction sector. Contact David Lynch on 087 2471121 or C

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Making the right connections!

We return to our rolling series on engagement with potential future talent, sometimes referred to as the ‘talent pipeline’. We have seen already how a number of companies in our sector are proactively engaged in forging links with the next generation – both at third and indeed, second level and beyond. Martin Foran spoke with Suir Engineering’s Business Development Manager, David Phelan.


learly the construction industry now presents many opportunities for young people who are deciding on their future careers.


But forward looking companies do not take anything for granted. The emphasis at Suir Engineering is on engagement at several levels – and from an early stage. When it comes to forging links with potential future employees, Suir Engineering has a very wide approach which ranges from social media usage to secondary school visits. “In last few years,” says David Phelan, “Paul Cremmins here has been visiting schools and speaking about the construction industry. “Paul has visited several schools in the last 12 months and highlighted the career opportunities that exist in the sector, and in particular, within Suir Engineering.” In his presentations Paul Cremmins talks about the alternative options to third level and what is expected of a boy or girl if they wish to embark on a career in this area.

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One central message, says David, is that this is not just about plumbers, fitters or electricians. There are many other skills required. The options are many and varied with room for progression and flexibility. It is possible to go to college and earn a degree or begin with an apprenticeship and progress towards a more academic qualification. Suir Engineering offers both apprenticeships and career opportunities


for college graduates, so the message is that one size does not fit all and there is a range of options on offer to the right people. “Not everyone is academicallyminded,” says David. “We offer choices – there are a lot of options and huge opportunities now in this sector. “We have almost 600 people directly employed and not everyone who starts off on a construction site is cut out for that. “But we say to come and talk to us if that is the case. Just because you are not cut out for a construction site it doesn’t mean that an office-based job might not be for you. “Maybe there are other options for you in the business. “For example, there are opportunities in support staff such as Health and Safety; QA/QC; Planners; QS’s; Estimators; BIM Technicians; Project Managers and Supervisors and more.”


Meanwhile Suir Engineering liaises with the third level colleges in order

We offer choices – there are a lot of options and huge opportunities around now in this sector.



to attract graduates and fill placement positions. “We also talk to the colleges about what the industry is looking for,” says David. “Placements are a very important part of what we do here. People can get into the organisation and gain experience on the ground – a ‘live’ experience.” It is of course a great way to get to know students and for the students to get to know the company. This often leads to longer relationships with people returning to college after a placement and then going back to Suir Engineering upon graduation. And of course the learning and engagement does not stop there, when someone walks through the doors as a fulltime employee. Far from it. Firstly – at any one time – the company has over 40 staff in school at various levels of their apprenticeship training.

They also have staff engaged in postgraduate work in their chosen areas. And in addition they run upskilling and continuous improvement training for their staff. Upskiling and CPD is extremely important here. “With a company like ours it is all about continuous improvement,” says David. “We have to keep staff trained up and excited about their jobs.” This is the case whether it’s in-house or on courses with other employees from different companies. “We have to keep ahead of the curve all the time,” adds David.

with their careers or upskill to allow them do something different,” explains David. “For example, we may be looking for Health & Safety officers – both qualified and trainees – and we would ask: ‘would you like such an opportunity’ or, ‘do you know someone who would be interested?’” At the end of the day, it’s a multi-faceted approach at Suir Engineering and much of this work is set to come together at a special Open Day on 11 November. The event is taking place in WIT and one of the main objectives is to encourage schools to connect with the company. There were so many potentially interested that Suir Engineering could not house all of them in their premises and so, with WIT having just opened a new sports arena, this was booked to house the event. “It’s an opportunity to get people in and tell them about Suir Engineering and careers in the company,” says David. “It is also about the social side of our company. “We want to show them what employees in Suir Engineering do in an average day.” For certain they’ll be surprised at just how much goes on here! C

Poster campaign

Another approach to achieving this comes in the form of a poster campaign within the company. “We run the campaign to find existing staff who would like to change direction The Suir Engineering Hurling Team

Suir recently took part in Higher Options

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“Wars behind closed doors”

After 14 years as a contract claims consultant and advocate, managing construction disputes for clients amounting to a total of €2.5bn in project value, and acting as an arbitrator and conciliator, John FFF O’Brien of John Farage O’Brien Dispute Resolution Consultants, One very significant change reflects on the lessons has occurred this year, which learned.



t never ceases to amaze me that many of the professional people I meet have no idea that some of the biggest commercial contract disputes in this jurisdiction are fought, settled or decided behind closed doors. In fact, I recall at least one lawyer making the cringe-worthy statement that, “if one fails to settle in Arbitration, one can always go to court”.

Wrong. You can’t.

This is the reality of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) – all hearings, whether conciliation, mediation, arbitration or adjudication, take place behind closed doors and in total confidence, with no public access, no reporters and gagging clauses common. No “verdicts” are published – in fact, only the parties to a dispute and their representatives are aware of the existence of the dispute.


The confidentiality of the ADR process is something that we as professional practitioners are obliged to take very seriously. But confidentiality brings both positive and negative effects, not just for parties to the process but the construction industry at large. The positive effects are, firstly, that parties can “wash

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is the arrival of a new forum – adjudication.


their dirty linen” safe in the knowledge that the public will never know the outcome of the dispute nor their private business and its commercially sensitive information. Secondly, ADR has the benefit of having a construction industry expert sitting in the chair to assist in resolving disputes in this most complex field. Thirdly, the final, heavy-duty tier of ADR is arbitration, and it is both final and binding. The dispute is over. No appeal, no challenges and, most important, no additional costs to the parties (the only exception being in a very limited set of circumstances of misconduct by the Arbitrator, for which there has yet to be a successful application to the High Court under the 2010 Arbitration Act). Arbitration gives closure to commercial entities in dispute, allowing them to move on with their business.

But l’ve also seen instances of negative consequences from this in camera system, and I group them under two headings: Firstly, the ADR process loop is never closed – unlike a dispute that has been referred to court and where a judgment has been published. In such circumstances, the court’s control loop is essentially closed where published judgments permit sub-contractors, main contractors and employers to evaluate the standing of their dispute in law. This allows the aggrieved party to consider if there really is a cause of action, and if not, it can stand down its army and retreat before wasting a lot of time, effort and money. With ADR, there is no publication of either judgment or argument. Secondly, ADR is open to abuse by respondents with deep pockets who can

disputes avoid public accountability and possible reputational damage behind the closed doors of the arbitration chamber. Such respondents may, for example, deploy strategies of frustration in order to deplete the war chests of even the strongest of claimants and try and beat them into commercial surrender – regardless of how strong their entitlement is.


Yet there are ways to combat the tactics of the deep pocket respondent, main contractor or respondent employer. One is to keep the claimant’s costs lean, to weather the storm and to seek to force the opposition to risk-assess their own exposure to increasing costs after each ADR milestone is achieved. This can work because no matter how big the organisation, its executives and representatives are ultimately still answerable to their own paymasters, and in my experience the paymasters are commercially sensible and logical people – if they’re not, they don’t stay in that position for too long! Beyond that, the great virtue of ADR in construction disputes is that it can afford the time needed to tease out complex situations and issues specific to this sector. Construction disputes are complex by nature, as they encompass many different fields, which I class broadly as the technical, contractual, commercial and legal. Within each of these resides a plethora of aspects. As construction disputes crisscross so many fields, it is rare to find practitioners with expertise in all and, even rarer, one who can give appropriate weight to any one constituent element. So when it comes to the really big disputes which can’t easily be resolved, the party who can field a team cognisant of all these varied aspects and with expertise in each will have an edge in arguing their case. One very significant change has occurred this year, which is the arrival of a new forum – adjudication. It applies only to construction disputes, is embodied in the Construction Contracts Act 2013, and came into force on 25 July last. It is now a statutory right for any party to pursue in disputes relating to payments in respect of applicable construction contracts in Ireland. I wait with interest to see to what extent adjudication in Ireland will mirror my firm’s experience of adjudication in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland. However, my early prediction is that the

industry will have a very bumpy period before we see a robust and proven process here.


Adjudication under the relevant Act in the UK is quite different to the procedure set out in the Irish Act. The unfortunate result is that we cannot borrow much from the substantial body of precedents built up from referrals to the UK courts over the past 20 years to help parties overcome the many obstacles that will be presented, no doubt, by our learned lawyers in early referrals to adjudication here. There has also been some commentary from judges expressing scepticism as to how the “rough justice” of adjudication sits with the constitutionally protected rights of parties to a fair hearing. It seems likely that there will be a constitutional challenge to an adjudicator’s award, based on this issue, at an early stage, the outcome of which will obviously have a huge impact on adjudication here. One thing is certain: adjudication in Ireland will not be for the faint-hearted – contractors, sub-contractors and employers must prepare themselves. It will be a short, sharp and probably shocking process and disputes referred need to be succinct, crystalised and delivered clearly with the points to be adjudicated.


The adjudicator’s decision is temporarily binding until or unless overturned at arbitration or via litigation. We have found adjudication to be like high-octane conciliation – requiring 100% attention for 100% of the entire period of reference. While any party to a construction contract has the right to refer any payment dispute to adjudication, the route has not been set out in the standard forms of contract. The Office of Government Procurement, for example, has sensibly decided that public works contracts [PWCs] will continue to use conciliation as the primary form of dispute resolution, and has included enhanced mandatory procedures for large public contracts in excess of €5m (optional for smaller contracts) in its recent revisions. In the case of large projects, a project board, with one to three members from the contractor and employer organisation, is established at the outset of the project. In addition, a standing conciliator shall be appointed — most likely named in the

tender documents. The project board will meet regularly and review any impending disputes that may arise. If the board fails to negotiate a resolution, the matter is referred to the standing conciliator. If conciliation does not resolve the dispute, then the dispute is referred to arbitration.


I suspect we could see interesting scenarios where disputes are referred concurrently to adjudication and conciliation, as the referring party attempts to back two horses, one under contract and the other by statutory right. I believe that the mediation and conciliation processes are still the best forums for resolving construction disputes – provided parties engage in good faith and appreciate the golden opportunity for settlement that these forums present. The quality and experience of the conciliator is paramount in achieving a successful outcome for parties in dispute and there are a few excellent practitioners operating in this jurisdiction, with the ability to get the confidence and respect of parties from the outset. In my experience, it is of critical importance for the parties to retain control over the appointment process, as they, better than anyone else, should know the kind of conciliator their dispute requires. Yet, it’s always best to avoid disputes if possible. The most significant service that we provide to our clients, in fact, is dispute prevention. This includes knowing what to do and when to do it, and having robust project management systems in place. We provide our clients with objective advice to allow timely and sensible commercial decisions to be made, which can avert many potential difficulties. Only if a dispute becomes inevitable should you fight – and if you do, I say pick your battles sensibly, appoint your generals wisely, execute risk assessments continuously, and persevere. C John FFF O’Brien is principal of John Farage O’Brien Dispute Resolution and Legal Support Consultants. John has been engaged in resolving construction disputes for more than 13 years, and his firm recently passed a significant milestone, handling disputes involving €2.5 billion worth of contracts. More details at

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Onwards and upwards After a strong first three quarters in 2016, construction activity is continuing strongly into the final quarter of the year, says Construction Information Services (CIS).


esidential activity in 2016 has continued to tread a similar line to that of 2015 with housing activity remaining consistent over the past two years. In September, the Chartered Land Limited development in Ballsbridge, Dublin 4, commenced works on the first phase of the development known as ‘Project Trinity’. This primary phase comprises 190 apartments with the overall development totalling 592 units and commercial elements. In Sandyford, Dublin 18, I-RES REIT submitted plans to build 492 apartments at the Rockbrook site. The plans will complete the project which was stalled due to the economic downturn towards the end of the last decade. Cosgraves are continuing to build on the site of the former Dun Laoghaire Golf Club and submitted plans for an extension of duration at the Northern Site of the development to build up to 605 residential units consisting of houses and

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apartments. This will complete the overall development comprising of Honey Park and Culanor which went On-Site towards the end of 2015. Cosgraves also submitted plans for 658 units in Fassaroe, Co. Wicklow. This ambitious development will also comprise of retail and commercial units in the area. Finally, An Bord Pleanála upheld planning permission which was granted by the Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council to Park Developments for a 410 unit housing development on the Ballyogan Road. The Industrial Sector has witnessed a spike in activity in Q3 2016 with some promising biopharmaceutical developments coming through the pipeline. Shire Pharmaceuticals lodged plans with Meath County Council for their large manufacturing facility in Piercetown and Alexion were granted planning permission for their €100m manufacturing facility in Co.

CIS Roscommon. Finally, Pfizer were granted planning permission for a €31m pharmaceutical building at Grange Castle Business Park in Dublin 22. Activity in the Medical Sector continued to prosper in September. Tenders have been issued to the select list of main contractors for the development of a new €25m Radiation Oncology Centre in Cork. Work is hoped to commence On-Site in Q1 2017. Also in Cork, tenders are currently being evaluated for the appointment of a contractor for the new €64m extension to the Bon Secours Hospital. It will consist of six floors of hospital accommodation and main works are expected to commence in January 2017. Enabling works are currently underway On-Site. Moving back to Dublin, the tenders for the €750m National Children’s Hospital are due back from contractors in October, with the announcement of the successful contractor before the end of the year. The Education Sector has also seen high levels of activity with the commencement of a new €2.2m 12 classroom primary school for Gaelscoil Bhaile Munna in Ballymun, Dublin 9. This project faced numerous hurdles in the planning stages but is now due for completion in circa. 15 months. In Donegal, the main contractor was selected for the construction of a new €4.5m three-storey building for Letterkenny Educate Together National School. Work is due to commence in November 2016. In Co. Louth, a main contractor is in the process of being appointed for the construction of a new €15m 1,000 pupil Post Primary School in Dundalk. Work is expected to commence before year-end, with a duration of 18 months. In the Hotel & Leisure Sector, with an ever increasing demand for more hotel rooms in Dublin City, there are signs for optimism with the progression of two major hotel developments in the Capital. Demolition works have commenced on a €60m, 206 bedroom hotel development on Aungier Street in Dublin 2. Also, Dublin City Council granted planning permission for the €20m redevelopment of the Ormond Hotel on Ormond Quay, Dublin 1. This redevelopment will consist of a 121 bedroom hotel. Construction works have commenced on a €40m student accommodation development consisting of 374 bed spaces in Summerhill, Dublin 1. Elsewhere, Hattington Student Housing Limited has lodged a planning application with Dublin City Council for a 329 bedspace student accommodation facility on Montpellier Hill in Dublin 7. Looking to the Sport & Social Sector, demolition works are finally underway on the €53m event and convention centre in Cork City, eight months after The Taoiseach turned the sod at the historic Beamish & Crawford brewery site. The 6,000-seat venue is expected to take Bam Contractors 24 months to construct. A planning application has recently been granted by Dublin City Council for the €35m redevelopment of the RDS Arena in Ballsbridge, Dublin 4. The project will increase the capacity for Leinster

Rugby from 18,500 to 21,000 patrons and provide new facilities for concerts and other events. However an appeal is likely to be lodged by the local community in the coming weeks regarding this redevelopment. In Civil & Utilities, construction work has commenced on the €7m N52 road realignment scheme from Cloghan, Co. Laois to Billistown, Co. Westmeath. Works on this scheme are expected to take 12 months to complete. Tenders are currently being sought for the €5.5m N76 Callan Road scheme in Co. Kilkenny. The work comprises construction of a 4.4km road improvement scheme, consisting of 2.3km of new and/ or realigned road, 2.08km of online road improvements and all associated works including the provision of new drainage. Irish Water has teamed up with Gas Networks Ireland to carry out work on a €25m plan to bring gas to Wexford Town. Phase 1 of the project has now commenced and will see approximately 14km of gas pipelines constructed within the town. Phase 2 will see building out a further 13km of gas pipelines around the town, together with the replacement of 11.7km of old water mains in poor condition. In the Commercial Sector, plans have been approved for a €10 million Irish Stock Exchange Facility in Dublin 2. This project consists of the refurbishment of a protected structure over four-storeys to provide nearly 1,500 sq.m of office space in the heart of the city. Appeals have been lodged with An Bord Pleanála against a recent planning approval for a €58m shopping centre planned for the centre of Waterford City; a decision is expected in January 2017. Plans have been approved for a €120m office development in South County Dublin for Ardstone Capital. Works include the construction of over 40,000 sq.m. of office space in five, five- storey blocks at a site in Sandyford. An appeal has been lodged with An Bord Pleanála against South Dublin County Council’s decision to grant planning permission to Hines Ireland for the €180m redevelopment of Liffey Valley Shopping Centre, Clondalkin, Dublin 22. The development had recently received planning approval; however the multi-storey car cark element proposed was rejected. A decision is due in early 2017. A main contractor has been appointed for Apple’s €25m HQ extension down in the Holyhill Industrial Estate outside Cork City. Work is expected to commence in October and take in the region of 6 months to complete. The 15,000 sq.m. extension will accommodate up to 1,000 new employees. Plans have been approved for a €90m office development in Cork City on Albert Quay. The development will provide nearly 45,000 sq.m of office space in four six-storey blocks. The project to be known as ‘Navigation Square’. It is hoped to commence On- Site late this year and take in the region of 18 months to complete. C

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pensions & ADVICE

A guide to Keyperson Cover I write a lot about pensions, investment and protection for individuals. How you can look after your family in the event of sudden death; how you can protect your income if you are unable to work due to illness or injury and how you can maximise your income in retirement through pension planning. However, if you are a business owner, there is a way to protect your business in the event of the death or serious illness of an important member of your team, writes Susan O’Mara.


A keyperson is any ‘key’ employee or director on whom the business depends for its continued success, or existence, and on whose death or serious illness the business could suffer a financial loss.


This protection is called Keyperson Cover and it is a life assurance policy taken out by an employer on the life of a key employee, who may also be a shareholder or director.


This is done to protect the company against any financial consequences of that individual’s sudden death or serious illness. The sudden death or serious illness of a

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key person could give rise to a number of immediate financial pressures for the company: > Company Loan repayment – in particular, any to which the ‘key person’ had given a personal guarantee > The potential cost of any extra resources that may have to be committed to the recruitment and replacement of the key individual. > The potential cost of an interruption to business > The potential loss of business contacts

important factors to consider are: Loan repayment cover, any loans personally guaranteed by a “keyperson” or any loans made by him or her to the company. Loss of profits cover – the death or serious illness of a key individual could jeopardise the trading position and profitability of the company. In reviewing these factors, you should be able to determine the estimated financial loss to the company and insure against this appropriately.

What is the definition of a Key Person?

Is there a tax liability on the payment of keyperson cover?

A keyperson is any ‘key’ employee or director on whom the business depends for its continued success, or existence, and on whose death or serious illness the business could suffer a financial loss. You would consider the Directors, Partners, owners and beyond, people without whom your business would lose sales and profits or without whom even the basic viability of your business would be shaken. Roles such as senior managers in sales, technical development and operations should be carefully considered.


In determining the appropriate amount of keyperson insurance cover, an insurable value must be put on the potential financial loss that the company would suffer on the death or serious illness of a key individual. In assessing the amount of cover, two

The answer to this depends on the reason for cover. If the cover is used to insure against loss of profits and replacement costs, then the benefit is taxable. However, in certain circumstances, the premium may be tax deductible. However, if the cover is used for loan repayment of share purchase, then the benefit is not taxable and nor is the premium tax deductible. Smaller companies and start-ups have perhaps the most to lose from the loss of a key person and therefore should review their contingency plans to include this crucial protection for their company. C For further information please contact Susan O’Mara at: susan@milestoneadvisory. ie (01) 406 8020. Milestone Advisory Limited t/a Milestone Advisory is regulated by the Central Bank of Ireland.


CIF QQI Level 6 Special Purpose Award

Managing the Role of the Project Supervisor Construction Stage


he CIF QQI Level 6 Managing the Role of the Project Supervisor Construction Stage is designed to meet our members’ needs when taking on the responsibility of the PSCS function on site. Since August 2013 the PSCS function now applies to domestic construction works where there is a legal requirement to appoint project supervisors for projects that involve more than one contractor, involve a particular risk or are planned to last greater than 30 days or 500 person hours. This key coordinator role is explained in detail and via the desktop process over the three-day programme, where learners get to have a deep understanding of all the key duty holders’ individual roles, while also having practice exercises on how the role can and should be performed on site.

Project supervisor construction stage course content

> Legislation Overview > Duties of Client / Designers / Project Supervisor Construction Stage > Construction Stage Health and Safety Plan > Review of preliminary Safety and Health Plan / Preparation of Construction Stage Plan > Review of Particular Risks / Risk Assessment / Emergency Procedures > Training requirements including Site Induction & Toolbox talks / Contractors’ documentation > Requirement for Method Statements / Statutory Forms / Permits to Work. > Sub-contractor co-ordination on site

> Incident / Near miss Reporting > Duties of Contractors and Others / Contractor Assessment / Key Definitions > Sub-contractor Health and Safety Questionnaire, Pre-Appointment / Insurance > Duties of the Project Supervisor Construction Stage – Safety File Assessment process is by assignment and final day examination. 24 points for CIRI CPD are awarded on completion of the Project Supervisor Construction Stage course.


Successful attendees will be awarded a QQI level 6 Special Purpose award and a CIF Safety Manager’s card, which need to be renewed every three years via our halfday renewal programme to support the learner’s CPD requirements.


To book a place on this programme go to health-and-safety-courses-by-cif/item/87project-supervisor-construction-stage. html where you can get more information on dates / locations between now and December 2016.


The Project Supervisor Construction Stage is held over three days, one day a week over three weeks. Daily start time is 8.30 a.m. running to 5.30 p.m. From: Robert Butler, CIF Head of Learning & Development Robert can also be contacted on 01 4066071 or if you have any queries on this programme or on any of our range of programmes. C

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CIF training and education programmes for October to December 2016

CIF Training & Development

Course Title/Venue


Start Date

End Date

CIF Site Supervisor Safety Programme CIF Construction House, Canal Road, Dublin 6

SSSP 2844

27th. October Thursday

28th. October Friday

09.00am - 17.00pm

Pre-Qualification and Tendering Procedures - CSME Skillnet Founded CIF Construction House, Little Island Cork

PQT 2856

27th October Thursday

27th October Thursday

9.00am -12.00pm

CIF Core Safety Management Programme Renewal/CPD Radisson Hotel, Galway

CSMP 2789

27th. October Thursday

27th. October Thursday

08.30am - 13.00pm

Pre-Qualification and Tendering Procedures CIF Construction House, Canal Road Dublin 6 CIF New Interim Amendments to the Public Works Contracts - CSME Skillnet Founded Tullamore Court Hotel, Tullamore

PQT 2855

28th October Friday

28th October Friday

8.30am -11.30pm half day

APWC 2865

4th November Friday

4th November Friday

9.30am - 12.30pm

CIF IOSH Managing Safety in Construction CIF Construction House, Canal Road, Dublin 6

MSIC 2793

9th. November Wednesday

7th. December Wednesday

09.30am - 16.30pm

Claims Management Public Sector Contracts - CSME Skillnet Founded Tullamore Court Hotel, Tullamore

CMPS 2868

9th November Wednesday

9th November Wednesday

9.00am -12.00pm

Project Supervisor Construction Stage CIF Construction House, Canal Road, Dublin 6

PSCS 2792

14th November 28th November Monday Monday

CIF Site Supervisor Safety Programme CIF Construction House little Island, Cork

SSSP 2846

14th. November 15th. November 09.00am - 17.00pm Monday Tuesday

Short Form of Contract - CSME Skillnet Founded Radisson Blu, Athlone

SFC 2872

16th November 16th November Wednesday Wednesday

9.00am -12.00pm

Measurement for Mechanical & Electrical Services Radisson Blu, Athlone

MES 2884

17th November 17th November Thursday Thursday

9.00am -12.00pm

Project Supervisor Construction Stage Radisson Hotel, Limerick

PSCS 2776

17th. November 1st December Thursday Thursday

08.30am - 17.00pm

Public Work Contracts Radisson Blu Hotel, Athlone

PWC 2869

18th November 18th November Friday Friday

9.30am - 12.30pm

Project Supervisor Construction Stage Radisson Hotel, Cork

PSCS 2885

18th. November 2nd December Friday Friday

08.30am - 17.00pm

CIF IOSH Managing Safety in Construction CIF Offices Little Island, Cork

MSIC 2777

18th November 16th December Friday Friday

09.30am – 16.30pm

Pre-Qualification and Tendering Procedures - CSME Skillnet Founded Radisson Blu Hotel, Athlone

PQT 2867

21st November Tuesday

9.00am -12.00pm

CIF Site Supervisor Safety Programme CIF Construction House, Canal Road, Dublin 6

SSSP 2847

21st. November 23rd. November 09.00am - 17.00pm Monday Wednesday

CIF Site Supervisor Safety Programme Radisson Blu Hotel, Galway Construction Contracts Act - CSME Skillnet Founded Tullamore Court Hotel, Tullamore   IOSH Project Supervisor Design Process CIF Construction House, Canal Road, Dublin 6

SSSP 2848

21st. November 22nd.November 09.00am - 17.00pm Monday Tuesday

CCA 2866

23rd. November 23rd. November 9.00am -12.00pm Wednesday Wednesday

PSDP 2891

24th. November 25th. November 08.30am – 16.30pm Thursday Friday

CIF Core Safety Management Programme Renewal/CPD CIF Construction House, Canal Road, Dublin 6 CIF Core Safety Management Programme Renewal/CPD Radisson Blu Hotel

CSMP 2780

29th. November 29th. November 08.30am 13.00pm Tuesday Tuesday

CSMP 2875

30th. November 30th. November 08.30am 13.00pm Wednesday Wednesday

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21st November Tuesday

Course times

08.30am - 17.00pm


Actavo opens new 8-acre flagship depot in Dublin Republic of Ireland Manager Martin O’Neill and local Mayor cut ribbon Actavo, a leading international engineering solutions company with a global workforce of over 5,500, has launched a new 8-acre flagship depot on Killeen Road, Dublin 12. Officially opened by Republic of Ireland Football Manager, Martin O’Neill, and Mayor of South Dublin County Council, Guss O’Connell, Actavo’s new depot will serve as the Irish headquarters of Actavo’s Hire & Sales and Events operations.   Actavo | Hire & Sales supplies specialist products and services to the construction industry and has worked on key national projects including Dublin’s M50 motorway and Galway’s Gort to Tuam Motorway.  Actavo | Events offers premier services to events such as Electric Picnic; Glastonbury; the State visits to Ireland of President Obama and Queen Elizabeth II; Aviva Stadium and the London Olympics.


Mayor of South Dublin County Council, Guss O’Connell, said: “It is immensely encouraging to see an Irish business like Actavo taking over such a large site and investing significantly in its development, which has improved the facilities and commercial offering in the locality. “This has injected enterprise, productivity and a real buzz into the area.” The Mayor pointed to the fact that Actavo was already a firmly established business in the area, with its HQ located on Willow Road, in close proximity to the new depot. He added that the new business had the makings of “a vibrant trading hub, which offers the prospect of attracting additional investment and job creation to the area”. Chairman and CEO of Actavo, Sean Corkery, said: “This depot will be instrumental in supporting the construction and events industries nationally.

Cutting the ribbon at the official opening of the new Actavo Hire & Sales and Actavo Events flagship depot in Dublin 12 were, L-R: Chairman and CEO of Actavo, Sean Corkery; Mayor of South Dublin County Council, Councillor Guss O’Connell; Republic of Ireland Manager, Martin O’Neill; Operations Director of Actavo | Events, Clive Jackson, and CEO of Actavo | Structural Division, Roger Hastie. “Our expansion is a key indicator of growth in both of these sectors and demonstrates our confidence in their continued development.” He added: “Our offering of specialised building equipment and services is the backbone of Ireland’s construction industry.


“Our events business supports the thriving entertainment and sporting industries that attract hundreds of thousands of people to matches, cultural events, music festivals and other largescale gatherings year after year.” Corkery concluded: “This has been an exciting year to date for Actavo, with

the opening of our new depot in Santry in June, our expansion internationally into the US in March, and significant contract wins from major blue chip clients. “Actavo is a high-performing team and it is a pleasure to have Martin O’Neill – himself a leader renowned for captaining and managing high-performing teams at both club and international level – here today to mark this important day in our history.” Among those attending the launch of Actavo’s new depot were 200 staff, customers, neighbouring businesses and stars of the future from local football club Cherry Orchard FC’s under-8s squad.

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Groundforce plays supporting role in Kent Station upgrade Every deep excavation in Cork City presents a challenge. The area is underlain by a series of alluvial deposits with highly permeable sands and gravels. This, coupled with a tidal water table, gives rise to significant dewatering and excavation support challenges. These were exactly the challenges facing Irish Rail and main contractor SIAC Construction on its contract to extend the Kent Railway Station.

Access The contract involves construction of a new entrance building to improve access and provide better links to the city centre. The entrance building has a basement concourse linked, via a new subway, to the underpass leading to the existing station building. To allow the construction of the reinforced concrete basement and subway, SIAC and others installed a 25m long x 9m wide secantpiled perimeter wall and a 4m deep mattress of permeation grout, 7m below ground level. This effectively sealed the excavation from

penetrating ground water and provided a dry working area for the basement floor. Given the poor bearing capacity of the surrounding soil, 22 ground anchors were proposed on the original temporary works proposal.

Options SIAC decided to review the propping options with Groundforce and proposed some value engineering to the client. The alternative solution was to prop the capping beam internally using five hydraulic props and remove the need for tie back anchors. “The props provided a significant timesaving and resulted in a much lower risk of water ingress where the tie back anchors would have punctured the secant piles,” comments SIAC project manager, Adrian Farry. Adrian adds: “With the props there was much less finishing works than would have been required for the head of the tie back anchor. “Installed on site in a day using a 60t crane and the 21t excavator, the props were a much

simpler installation to execute. “Once some of the reinforced concrete structure had reached sufficient strength, removal was as little as half a day.” Ground anchors were installed on the underpass section of works, which was completed at an earlier stage of the works, and this provided the perfect case study to compare the two methods of temporary support.

Significant “In many situations, hydraulic props can offer significant benefits over tie back anchors for the temporary propping of basements,” comments Groundforce General Manager, Joseph Lenihan. For this 14-week Groundforce project, there were significant benefits when compared against the anchors, including the advantage of speed of installation, reduced dewatering and the option of live load monitoring – all contributing towards the successful construction of the basement reinforced concrete works.

Tight Site? Not for Larsen Piling! Larsen Piling has successfully completed a foundation package for a new structure adjacent to a nursing home in Belfast. The project was challenging on many levels as the piling platform level was 2.0m lower than the access road, accessed only by a flight of steps. The piles were installed less than 2.0m from the adjacent nursing home. Noise and vibration were the two critical elements as the building was permanently

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inhabited. Larsen Piling provided a full design and build package incorporating design, pile installation, ground beam construction and structural floor slab. 100mm diameter ultra-low vibration mini piles were installed using hand held piling rigs with the piling plant and pile casings being carried down the steps to the piling area. 28 No mini piles were installed to safe working loads of 60kN with dynamic

testing proving their capacity. Two hand held piling rigs were used to reduce the piling programme with 178L/M of piles being installed in under three days. Vibration levels during piling were less than those required for listed structures. Offsite fabrication of ground beam cages further reduced the build time with the project being completed four days ahead of programme.

L-R: Nicola Gillen; Claire Solon; Liz O’Donnell and John O’Regan

industry news

John O’Regan and Claire Solon (SCSI President)

The gender balance challenge AECOM workshop brings together leading Irish construction and property firms to discuss gender diversity and skills


ore than 50 key decision-makers from Irish construction and property companies recently attended an AECOM workshop to explore ways of improving the sector’s gender diversity. Speakers included Liz O’Donnell, columnist, diversity advocate and former minister of state; Claire Solon, President of the Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland and Head of Property at Friends First and Nicola Gillen, Director and Global Practice Leader for Strategy Plus at AECOM.

Action AECOM is calling for urgent, positive action to encourage more women to pursue careers within the industry. While work in construction is not gender-specific, many women still view the industry as a “male” profession, it was noted. AECOM believes employers will need to think more creatively to dispel

common misperceptions if they are to attract the best female talent. John O’Regan, Director – Programme Cost Consultancy, Ireland, AECOM, said: “Ireland’s construction and property sector is missing out on much-needed female talent.” Companies that demonstrate their commitment to a diverse workforce will attract the most talented and forward-looking employees. This is of course the experience of many CIF member companies who are proactive in terms of sourcing future talent. See our article on Suir Engineering and Engagement with future talent in this issue, for example.

Strategies AECOM is calling for the development and implementation of diversity strategies that encourage more women to build their careers in the industry. It is urging employers to learn from other sectors where imbalances have been successfully challenged through packages of complementary

Tom Parlon (CIF, Director General) in conversation John O’Regan and Amy Daniells (AECOM) measures, from genderneutral job descriptions to long-term mentoring programmes. AECOM’s own recruitment strategy focuses on raising the profile of its female employees to help encourage others into the profession. The company also provides unconscious bias

training and makes sure that women are involved in decisions about who should be promoted into senior roles. At the workshop industry leaders discussed a range of subjects including female leadership traits, pay gap monitoring and the role of mentoring programmes.

Priority capital investment areas Pictured are: Minister for Public Expenditure & Reform Paschal Donohoe; Barbara Nolan, Head of the European Commission Representation in Ireland; Noelle O Connell, Executive Director, European Movement Ireland and Andrew McDowell, Vice President, European Investment Bank at a major international investment conference on priority capital investment areas for Ireland.

Diverse More than 120 senior business and other delegates from diverse sectors were in attendance to hear and engage with speakers from government; the EIB; the European Commission and key national experts from the housing, energy and investment sectors. Picture: Conor McCabe Photography.

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Sector shines at National Q Mark Awards Irene Collins (EIQA MD); Chris Bull; Leo Varadkar T.D. (Minister for Social Protection); Martin Searson; Ray Ryan (Director – QEHS); Matt Oakley; Aida Martin Lorente; Alan McGowan; Conall Keane; Fergal O’Connor; Eoin O’Kelly; Alan Driver; Ricky Walsh; Craig Higgins; John Browne; Pat O’Callaghan and Kenneth Keegan.

L-R: Irene Collins, Managing Director EIQA; Leo Varadkar, T.D., Minister for Social Protection; Eamon McGrattan and Liz Carroll.

The Minister for Social Protection, Leo Varadkar TD, who attended this year’s National Q Mark Awards, said: “At the heart of the Government’s strategy is supporting Irish businesses through policies to create the environment for a strong economic recovery by promoting competitiveness and productivity. “Quality standards and good governance enable this growth and competiveness and it is exciting to see companies in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors competing side-by-side. “These are the modern Irish businesses that are driving the engine of our recovery, and I wish them every success in the future.”

McGrattan and Kenny Ltd. were the winners of the “Recognising Quality” category, while Kirby Group Engineering were the winners of “Recognised for

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Excellence”, at this year’s National Q Mark Awards. The Q Mark Awards are forever associated with Quality and Excellence in the minds of Irish consumers and it is “the only system which allows businesses monitor 100% of their processes and procedures 100% of the time”.

Kirby Group Engineering

The team from Kirby Group Engineering were beaming with pride as they were called to the stage to receive their medal during the thrilling awards ceremony held in the Double Tree by Hilton Hotel in Dublin. Founded in 1964, Kirby is a leading provider of high-value, multi-disciplinary engineering services in Ireland, UK and Europe. Kirby deliver mechanical

piping, HVAC, electrical and instrumentation, electrical transmission and distribution, turnkey solutions, design and engineering services. Kirby are no strangers to the awards stage, having recently been awarded the Overall Business of the Year Award 2015 from the Limerick Chamber; they also won BIM Initiative of The Year 2016 at the Irish Building and Design Awards. Winning The Q Mark award makes it a triumphant third significant award win this year. On hearing of the win, Jimmy Kirby, Executive Director of the group said: “The results from the Q Mark assessment help form the basis of our company strategy map each year. “Winning this is fantastic acknowledgement of our staff’s continued hard work, loyalty and enthusiasm for quality.”

McGrattan and Kenny Ltd.

The team from McGrattan and Kenny were also thrilled to receive their Award.

McGrattan and Kenny was established in 1968 and provides building services nationwide to the industrial and commercial construction sectors. They are leaders in their field with a wealth of expertise and a team of 40 highlyskilled employees – bringing fifty years’ experience to the mechanical engineering and contracting industry and a track record for completing projects on time and within budget. As they left the stage, Eamon McGrattan said: “Winning this Award validates all of the years of work undertaken by the McGrattan and Kenny team in order to reach this point in our development and this Q Mark award gives us another edge over our competition.” Irene Collins, Managing Director of The National Q Mark Awards said, “It was Walt Disney who said that if you can dream it, you can do it. “The team in McGrattan and Kenny were happy to put this to the test and did it! Well done to everyone involved.”

Frameless windows and doors “Ireland’s first frameless windows and doors look set to bring a wall of light to Irish homes and revolutionise the residential market,” we are told.


Lumi by Fairco is a complete range of customisable, matching frameless windows and bi-folding, patio and residential doors. With their completely flat, uninterrupted profile, these radically-styled windows increase the amount of light flooding into homes. Hidden under the ceramic colour lies the secret to Lumi’s

strength – energy efficient triple glazing that has been structurally bonded to an internal core of high strength, glass-fibre reinforced profiles. “The Lumi system is a radical new approach for residential windows and doors, which the judges at the G Awards in the UK recently described as a product that truly reinvents the window,” said Fairco Windows and Doors Managing Director Jim Toal.


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Collen and “The Great Dublin Bike Ride” There are others still who haven’t owned a bike since childhood but expressed interest in renewing the activity.


“Two wheels good!” Participants prepare to saddle up at Collen Collen is a seventh-generation familyowned business established in 1810. It has remained at the forefront of the Irish Construction Industry for over two centuries.

Excellence The name ‘Collen’ is also synonymous with quality and excellence in Building, Dun Laoghaire Library the proof of which is evident in the many prestigious projects completed throughout its history: from the construction of the RDS Main Hall in 1881 – right up to the award-winning Blackrock Further

Education Institute, completed in 2014. Over its 200 years, the company has built upon strong family values and prides itself in balancing company interests with those of its employees and the wider community. The idea for a Charity Cycle evolved from discussions among some Collen employees who are keen cyclists, about getting together to have a social cycle. A number of employees are experienced club cyclists, while others own bikes and maybe go for shorter spins in the park during the summer.

As interest in a social cycle increased, raising money for charity in conjunction with a cycle event was mooted and received a lot of positive feedback. With the support of Collen, which places a strong focus on employee well-being, a specific in-house cycling committee was set up with a view to identifying an event that would be inviting for all levels of participants. The Great Dublin Bike Ride was identified as an event that ticked all the boxes. Sponsorship was then secured, bike awareness classes got underway, a custom Collen cycle kit was designed and two local charities identified to benefit from fund-raising efforts: East Wall Youth and Nascadh: East Wall Senior Citizens. Located in East Wall since 1890, Collen has a proud tradition of supporting the local community, of course!

“Natural Gas – the solution to achieving an A-rated home”

Gas Networks Ireland hosted a seminar on how to comply with Part L building regulations using Natural Gas

On Thursday 22 September, Gas Networks Ireland hosted a seminar on complying with Part L of the building regulations using Natural Gas in combination with renewable technologies. The seminar explored “how Natural Gas is used to achieve an A-rated home”. Other important topics covered included associated installation and running costs, gas connections policy and existing Natural Gas infrastructure.

The seminar was held at the Gas Networks Ireland’s award-winning Networks Services Centre (NSC) in Finglas, Dublin 11. The NSC was the first office in Ireland to receive a ‘BREEAM Excellent’ rating for


Tour Attendees at the seminar concluded the event with a tour of the Network Services Centre’s Solar Tower.

Speakers Guest speakers at the event included Bill Quigley, Director of NuTech Renewables Ltd.; Gerhard Heyl, Business Development Manager, Green Energy Savings; Cormac McLoughlin, Regional Facilities Manager, Ervia and Ian Kilgallon, Business Development and Innovation Manager, Gas Networks Ireland, who discussed the development of the biogas project in Ireland and its potential impact on the new housing market.

Centre of our group picture, L-R: Bill Quigley, Director, NuTech Renewables; Cormac O’Loughlin, Regional Facilities Manager, Ervia and Lar Burke, Gas Applications Manager, Gas Networks Ireland

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Roadstone Sustainable Construction Solutions Roadstone would like to invite you to attend an upcoming Roadstone CPD accredited seminar in your region. This seminar will identify some of the key changes to the Irish Building Regulations and present practical and cost effective solutions that will contribute significantly towards the efficient design and construction of new buildings. Roadstone is committed to product innovation aimed at providing building solutions to builders, contractors and designers alike. This includes the development of the Thermal Liteblock system, manufactured in Ireland, providing excellent insulation properties which specifically mitigate heat loss at thermal bridges – a key challenge in the construction industry. This new product is designed for the Irish construction industry and it provides a cost-effective solution to complying with Part L of the Building

Regulations. These seminars will also present an overview of Roadstone solutions to other challenges presented by recently published building regulations and specifications, including: • Part E compliance (Sound Reduction for party walls) • Part A compliance (New strength classifications for concrete blocks) • Concrete to EN206 • Annex E requirements for aggregates and fill materials • Roadstone update on Architectural products The seminar is a CPD event and will take place in a number of regions over the coming weeks. Our invited audience will be comprised of contractors, architects, engineers, designers and professional representatives from across the sector. This CPD event will be followed by a buffet meal and an opportunity to network with your colleagues and the Roadstone Commercial Innovation team. To request further information or book your place in a seminar simply e-mail or contact us on 01-4041200.

Ayrton group announces 60 new jobs at official opening of new Dublin facility Health and Safety Services re-brands to Ayrton Group, announces new jobs in Dublin and Cork Ayrton Group, formerly known as Health & Safety Services (HSS), has announced the creation of 60 new jobs out of its Dublin and Cork offices.


This coincided with the reveal of the company’s new rebrand to Ayrton Group and the official opening of their new Dublin offices and training facility in Tallaght. The opening of Ayrton Group’s new offices and facility follows year-on-year growth of +40% for each of the last 3 years which has seen the company become one of Ireland’s largest safety training, consultancy and staffing solutions providers. The 60 new positions announced will support the company’s growing activity across all its key markets, including Ireland,

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UK, Belgium, Sweden, Switzerland and the Netherlands. These include: Environmental Safety and Health Managers; PSDP Engineers; Safety Officers; Sales and Back office support, with 40 positions being recruited for out of their Dublin office and 20 out of their Cork base.  Kieran Linehan, Managing Director, said: “We’re delighted to be announcing a recruitment drive, which follows a significant investment in our business.


“Today’s announcement will reinforce the commitment we have to providing the highest standards of expert safety professionals, consultancy and training services. “We are looking for experienced and

skilled people to join our expanding team, which is a very positive recognition of an improving market. Special guest Bobby Kerr, entrepreneur and businessman, commented: “I’m delighted to be part of today’s announcement, which is another indicator of positive growth in the Irish market.”

industry news

Boston Access records early success of new Layher hire stock “The list of key advantages arising from the equipment design is an important factor in the immediate success that we are now enjoying.” Conor Brophy, Managing Director at Boston Access Ltd. is clear about the hire demand for the Layher scaffolding and access equipment the company recently acquired from Layher Ireland.

Reputation Based in Naas, County Kildare, Boston Access has built its reputation across the hire sector – both in the construction field and also, particularly, site maintenance. The recent decision to add the Layher Allround scaffolding and Staircase systems to its stock is already proving beneficial, with much of the equipment now deployed on projects around the country. In all cases, its capabilities are clearly in evidence. “The opening of the Layher Ireland distribution and training facility earlier this year in County Meath created new opportunities for us and, more importantly, our customers,” says Conor Brophy. “The equipment meets the needs of the vast majority of our customer base due to its safety, versatility and ease of installation. “The in-built ‘rosette’ connection, wide bay design and the need for only minimal cross-bracing are examples of design features that translate into tangible on-site


Demonstrated The need for less material to transport has been strongly demonstrated in one of the first hire contracts that saw Boston Access use their Layher stock. The refurbishment of a range of industrial tanks has called for a comprehensive access solution for which the Allround system is ideally suited. “Just as important,” continues Conor Brophy, “is the fact that the system design minimised transportation needs to such an extent that an entire articulated load was removed from the equation. “With the site being located in the far south of Ireland, the benefits that this has produced need little explanation.” Further projects on the immediate list have included three façade installations in the centre of Dublin to provide access for cleaning operations, and a Layher staircase installed to provide multi-level access during work on a housing block development. “The system design is such that the training is straightforward, which enables our customers to deploy their own scaffolding teams with no difficulty,” adds Conor Brophy.

Consideration He points out that a further key

consideration is that Boston Access sees the Layher system as being undeniably well-suited to an extremely wide range of applications. “This is set to ensure it spends very little time in our yard and most of its life out in the field,” concludes Conor Brophy. “John Carolan and his team at Layher Ireland deserve great credit for the success that they have already enjoyed in a short space of time in both the contracting and the hire industry,” comments Sean Pike, Layher’s UK Managing Director. “With the benefits of extensive stockholding and the ability to offer training to customers – all with the support of our head office in Letchworth and, indeed, our manufacturing plant in Germany – we are confident that the immediate achievements that Layher Ireland have made will continue long into the future.”

Documentary series explores Ireland’s Greatest Building and Engineering Achievements A TV documentary series has been exploring how Ireland’s greatest building and engineering achievements came to be, and the impact they had on the development of our towns and cities. Building Ireland, on RTÉ One, is presented by Tim Joyce, a civil engineer from East Galway; Cork native and geographer, Dr. Susan Hegarty and awardwinning architect, Orla Murphy.

First series The presenters previously worked on the

first series of Building Ireland, which aired on RTÉ One in 2014. The documentary series includes programmes on: • Spike Island, Co. Cork which served as a prime defensive location for the British Empire, as well as functioning as part of the Irish prison system, housing up to 2,500 men at its height in 1850. Spike Island has opened up to the public in recent months, after undergoing a €5.5m upgrade and enhancement project, funded by Cork City Council and Fáilte

Ireland. • Ardnacrusha Power Station in Co. Limerick. Engineer Tim Joyce visits the Ardnacrusha power station to explore the innovative engineering that made it the biggest hydroelectric project in the world when it opened in 1929. The series was produced by Esras Films for RTÉ with the help of Sound and Vision funding from the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland, with the support of incentives for the Irish Film Industry provided by the Government of Ireland.

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last fix

Leo Lynch appoints Associate Directors, Gains ISO 14001:2015 Certification and NISO Gold Award!


s part of its continued expansion, the board of Leo Lynch recently announced the following appointments:

Michael Delaney, Associate Director, Projects; Ian Hayden, Associate Director, Projects; Ger Hersee, Associate Director, Projects; Derek Murphy, Associate Director, HSEQ; Peter O’Driscoll, Associate Director, Commercial; Stephen Rowan, Associate Director, Projects. “These appointments reflect the commitment, hard work and dedication of each of these employees and the significant contribution they have made to our success to date,” commented Sean Smith, Leo Lynch Managing Director. “They will further strengthen the senior management team at Leo Lynch and will greatly assist our future development.”

ISO 14001:2015 L to R: Derek Murphy (Associate Director, HSEQ); Tomás Byrne; Thomas Lavin; Brian O’Donoghue (Leo Lynch EHS Advisers)

Smith is also delighted with Leo Lynch’s recent ISO 14001:2015 certification. “This builds on our ISO 9001:2008 certification

for your diary Monday 7th November

Cork Branch Executive meeting Construction House, Little Island, 4pm Contact: Brid Cody 021 435 1410 Monday 7th November

Galway Branch meeting Ardilaun House Hotel, Galway, 6pm Contact: Brid Cody 021 435 1410 Tuesday 8th November

Midland Branch meeting Tullamore Court Hotel, Tullamore, 8pm Contact: Brid Cody 021 435 1410

and is recognition of the many initiatives we have taken in recent years to minimise our business activities’ impact on the Environment,” he says.

NISO Gold Award

Leo Lynch were awarded the NISO Category 1 National, Gold Award at the recent NISO 25th Annual Occupational Safety Awards, in Killarney. This follows their 2015 & 2014 Best Company Regional Safety Awards (East). “This prestigious award is a tremendous endorsement of the positive and proactive Health, Safety and Welfare culture that we are engendering within the company and is another significant milestone in our continuous quest to maintain World Class Health, Safety and Welfare performance at Leo Lynch.” said Derek Murphy, Leo Lynch Associate Director, HSEQ. C

Wednesday 16th November

Donegal Branch meeting Mount Errigal Hotel, Letterkenny, 8pm Contact: Brid Cody 021 435 1410 Tuesday 22nd November

Executive Body meeting (followed by CIF AGM) Construction House, Dublin, 11am Contact: Gillian Heffernan 01 406 6016 Thursday 24th November

North West Branch meeting Sligo Park Hotel, Sligo, 8pm Contact: Brid Cody 021 435 1410

Tuesday 15th November

Monday 28th November

Castletroy Park Hotel, Limerick, 4.30pm Contact: Brid Cody 021 435 1410

Construction House, Little Island, 4pm Contact: Brid Cody 021 435 1410

Mid West Branch meeting

Wednesday 16th November

South East Branch meeting Marina Hotel, Waterford, 7pm Contact: Brid Cody 021 435 1410

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Cork Branch IHBA meeting

Monday 5th December

Cork Branch Executive meeting Venue to be confirmed, 5pm Contact: Brid Cody 021 435 1410

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