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Major construction report launched in Ireland shows industry set to grow by 20% in 2019, while fears grow over the looming talent shortage crisis


    •    AECOM anticipate construction industry output to grow by 20 per cent in 2019 totalling €24 billion
    •    Only 15% of industry feel equipped to deal with the looming talent shortage crisis
    •    77% of Irish construction sector feel positive about future business outlook of their industry
 
An all island Irish construction industry review, which was published today by AECOM, analyses the industry outlook and takes a long view to what will be required to sustain development into the coming decades to 2040

An industry survey was also carried out with senior professionals in the public and private sectors to gain insight into sentiment, what is driving and blocking development and to the challenges the industry will face into the future.

As well as developing a clearer picture on the outlook, AECOM presented a growth estimate of 20% for the Irish construction industry for 2019, totalling €24 billion. This is underpinned by the fact that over three quarters of the industry surveyed stated that they felt positive about their own individual business outlook for 2019.

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Funding announced for 170 sports capital projects

Ministers Shane Ross and Brendan Griffin today announced €7m in grants to Sports Capital Programme (SCP) projects. The grants announced today represent the first set of allocations under the 2018 round of the SCP and relate to projects previously deemed invalid under the 2017 round of the programme which have now been corrected. 170 individual groups are receiving a grant offer.

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LEADING UK RENEWABLE ENERGY CONSULTANCY WINS CONTRACT TO REDUCE ENERGY COSTS FOR NORTH EAST SMEs

One of the North East’s leading experts in renewable energy and grid connection – Narec Distributed Energy (Narec DE) - has secured a prestigious contract with five North East local authorities to identify energy efficiency solutions that will help over 250 SMEs across the region cut energy costs.

Narec DE will be delivering the Business Energy Savings Team (BEST) project to support SMEs across Newcastle, Northumberland, Gateshead, North Tyneside and Sunderland identify and implement energy saving improvements.

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Minister Bruton Opens Public Consultation on Draft Guidelines for Operators of Essential Services

The Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Mr. Richard Bruton T.D. today (Wednesday the 16th of January) opened a consultation on a set of draft guidelines for Operators of Essential Services within the State.
 
Operators of Essential Services are those organisations who provide services, such as energy supply, transport networks, banking, health services, digital infrastructure and drinking water supply that are of critical importance to the operation of the State.
 
The draft guidelines being put out to consultation today are designed to assist Operators of Essential Services (OES) in their security and incident reporting requirements under a new European Union Directive which was transposed to Irish law on the 18th of September 2018.

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Futureproof home heating with Grant

Firmly positioned at the front of Ireland’s plumbing and heating industry, award-winning heat technology manufacturer Grant has been providing reliable, efficient and cutting-edge heating solutions for over forty years, from the highly popular Vortex condensing oil boiler range, to the innovative VortexAir Hybrid and super- efficient Aerona3 inverter driven air source heat pumps (ASHP). With an increasing focus on more sustainable and environmentally-friendly forms of home heating, Grant is ensuring households throughout Ireland have more choice thanks to the Grant Aerona3 ASHP range, and its availability in three single phase models of 6kW, 10kW and 16kW.

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