Welcome to this special double issue of Construction magazine where we look back on the year that was and consider what’s to come in 2024.
The Construction Industry Federation’s Annual Report 2023, which has just been published, offers key insights and analysis of all major aspects of the federation, its members and the sector as a whole.
Within his opening foreword, CIF President Joe Conway cites how strategic planning and policy are vital to ensure the industry can accommodate a growing nation and build a country that thrives.
“We excel at finding solutions and we embrace innovation,” he says. “This is more vital than ever as the country confronts a much needed surge in housing and infrastructure delivery, energy, water, transport, and decarbonisation. This is a challenge we can rise to with the right policy environment and processes in place.”
He adds: “One of the biggest obstacles to delivering on housing and infrastructure is the current under-investment in the people, processes and technology that support the planning system. It is crucial that the Government prioritises streamlining processes within planning and delivery bodies so that we can expedite infrastructure and housing delivery.”
These thoughts are echoed on page 7 of this edition by CIF Director General Hubert Fitzpatrick who calls for partnership and
collaborative efforts to continue to allow society to prosper and industry to succeed.
As the voice of the construction industry, the CIF provides a wealth of professional services to its members across employment, health and safety, contracting and more.
This expertise is demonstrated further in a special feature on page 18 by Construction magazine reporter Aidan Priestley.
He talks to some of the members of the CIF team whose day-to-day focus is supporting members and in turn the
Irish construction industry as it strives to deliver a world-class and sustainable built environment.
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