Deconstruct: How can industry overcome the biggest construction challenges facing Ireland’s Southern Region?

by | Sep 4, 2022

Eamon Judge
Senior Director Global Engineering, Eli Lilly

Eamon Judge, pictured above, has held management roles in sterile and bulk API production and solvent recovery, environmental and utility support functions, as well as senior leadership roles in HSE, manufacturing IT and automation, supply chain operations and engineering. Up to 2021 he was President of the Ireland Affiliate of the International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering (ISPE), Chair of the ISPE European Affiliate Board and led the life sciences Covid Alliance response.

“The coming decade will see a significant increase in sustainability investments that will bring new opportunities and capacity challenges to the construction sector. These range from accelerating the insulation of our homes and workplaces, to more efficient domestic and industrial energy use and the projected substantial increase in renewable solar and wind generation capacity.

“Policy changes such as private wire connectivity enabling behind the meter partnerships between commercial entities and their communities will also open up new mid-scale opportunities to accelerate Ireland’s decarbonisation efforts.

“These developments will create new career opportunities, especially for specialist sustainability apprenticeships.”

Michael O’Flynn


Michael O’Flynn
Chairman & CEO, O’Flynn Construction

Michael O’Flynn is the Chairman and CEO of the O’Flynn Group – one of the largest property development companies in Ireland. O’Flynn is a founding member of Property Industry Ireland and a former Chairman of the CIF Cork Branch. He was recently appointed to the Irish Housing Commission.

“The biggest challenge facing the Southern Region right now mirrors that which our country faces – the provision of enough zoned land with the necessary infrastructure to allow us to get on with building the scale of new homes which we so desperately need. To overcome this challenge, we need a complete overhaul of our planning system.

“We need the Department of the Housing, Planning and Local Government to issue directives to all Local Authorities to increase their targets for housing delivery in light of the CSO population data and also the increase in refugees from the Ukraine, which is further adding to housing requirements particularly in the key urban areas.

“We also need a banking system which can supply funding to house builders so that they can get on with building sufficient new homes at affordable prices. I also believe that the lack of skilled labour entering the industry and construction inflation are issues that need to be addressed.”

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