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From TheJournal.ie BAM 'welcomes' legal action taken against it by board of National Children's Hospital High Court

BAM 'welcomes' legal action taken against it by board of National Children's Hospital

The dispute relates around the validity of a contract to commence Phase B of construction of the Children’s Hospital without a design.

From TheJournal.ie Construction work ceases at National Children's Hospital site Construction

Construction work ceases at National Children's Hospital site

The contractors had been criticised for continuing construction at the site after new government guidelines.

From TheJournal.ie Most construction work will stop unless essential to pandemic, Harris says Essential Service

Most construction work will stop unless essential to pandemic, Harris says

Construction will not be on the list of essential non-retail services due to be published today, Harris confirmed.

From TheJournal.ie Union calls for immediate closure of construction sites Construction

Union calls for immediate closure of construction sites

It comes after criticism that the construction industry is not responding quickly enough to the ongoing Covid-19 emergency.

From TheJournal.ie 'You can't roof a house from home': Construction chiefs say they await HSE order to down tools On The Tools

'You can't roof a house from home': Construction chiefs say they await HSE order to down tools

Right now, there are over 100,000 people still involved in construction across the island.

From TheJournal.ie Council warns National Children's Hospital contractor about working hour breaches on site Complaints

Council warns National Children's Hospital contractor about working hour breaches on site

One local councillor says local residents feel “under siege” from the constant construction work near their homes.

From TheJournal.ie Funding approved for 1,770 'affordable homes' on local authority sites Rebuilding Ireland

Funding approved for 1,770 'affordable homes' on local authority sites

Projects have been given the green light in Cork, Dublin, Galway, Kildare, Kilkenny, Limerick, Waterford, Wicklow and Wexford.

From TheJournal.ie 540 jobs on the way as planning permission granted for €500 million data centre in Wicklow Echelon Data Centres

540 jobs on the way as planning permission granted for €500 million data centre in Wicklow

Echelon Data Centres was granted permission for the facility to be built at the Avoca River Business Park.

From TheJournal.ie 40% drop in the number of site accidents in the construction industry this year Hsa

40% drop in the number of site accidents in the construction industry this year

There have been 166 incidents recorded up to June 2019 – two of which were fatal.

From TheJournal.ie Construction has started on the building frame of the National Children's Hospital Progress Update

Construction has started on the building frame of the National Children's Hospital

The hospital board will appear before an Oireachtas committee today.

From TheJournal.ie Residents beside site for new student complex protest over noise levels and rats Aungier Street

Residents beside site for new student complex protest over noise levels and rats

The new 300-bed student accommodation complex is expected to be completed by 2020.

From TheJournal.ie Construction costs to rise further as Dublin one of most expensive cities to build in the world Report

Construction costs to rise further as Dublin one of most expensive cities to build in the world

It is the third most expensive in Europe behind London and Zurich.

From TheJournal.ie Spiralling costs, scarce materials and penalties: How Brexit could impact the housing crisis Bad To Worse

Spiralling costs, scarce materials and penalties: How Brexit could impact the housing crisis

Increased costs and problems securing staff could hinder the industry’s response.

From TheJournal.ie Plans to rezone industrial lands in Dublin to allow for housing revealed Housing

Plans to rezone industrial lands in Dublin to allow for housing revealed

A Dublin City Council month meeting last night was informed of potential “new growth areas” within the M50.

From TheJournal.ie Number of homes built in 2018 rose by 25% compared to year previous Housing

Number of homes built in 2018 rose by 25% compared to year previous

The total number of new dwellings completed in 2018 was 18,072, according to the CSO.

From TheJournal.ie 37 people were killed in work-related accidents in 2018 Health And Safety

37 people were killed in work-related accidents in 2018

Figures have revealed that work-related accidents hit an all-time low in 2018.

From TheJournal.ie 'Thousands of non-national construction workers will be needed to meet housing targets' - Ibec Brickies

'Thousands of non-national construction workers will be needed to meet housing targets' - Ibec

Ibec says there are not enough skilled workers here to meet demand.

From TheJournal.ie Gardaí investigating further criminal damage at Dublin building site St Cuthbert's Park

Gardaí investigating further criminal damage at Dublin building site

Last month work at the site was stopped because of anti-social behaviour.

From TheJournal.ie For Ireland to build the houses it needs, it'll need foreign workers... but they won't be able to afford the rent Boom Boom

For Ireland to build the houses it needs, it'll need foreign workers... but they won't be able to afford the rent

This would be necessary if housing supply was to increase as planned, the ESRI has said.

From TheJournal.ie Government to oppose Bill that would increase social and affordable housing in private estates Housing Crisis

Government to oppose Bill that would increase social and affordable housing in private estates

The Bill seeks an increase in the provision of social and affordable housing to 25% in private developments.

From TheJournal.ie 'A poorly-paid job in horrendous conditions': Archaeologists' strikes to continue as they demand better wages Digging In

'A poorly-paid job in horrendous conditions': Archaeologists' strikes to continue as they demand better wages

The union has disputed the claim of a 65% increase in wages in the last four years, as its members’ contracts currently stipulate an hourly wage of €12.50.

From TheJournal.ie HSE reviewing hospitals built by WBS but says there are currently 'no safety concerns' Building Inspections

HSE reviewing hospitals built by WBS but says there are currently 'no safety concerns'

The company was involved in the construction of the extension to Beaumont Hospital.

From TheJournal.ie 'Totally and utterly ruined': The eight-year battle by homeowners affected by mica concrete block scandal Crumbling

'Totally and utterly ruined': The eight-year battle by homeowners affected by mica concrete block scandal

The government recently announced a redress scheme which has been welcomed, but it has come too late for some.

From TheJournal.ie A major German boutique hotel chain's first Irish venue has been cleared for north Dublin Motel One

A major German boutique hotel chain's first Irish venue has been cleared for north Dublin

The nine-storey Abbey Street development will operate under the Motel One brand.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: Do we need a Minister for Construction for Ireland? Read Me

Opinion: Do we need a Minister for Construction for Ireland?

The sector should have a standalone ministry to help avoid the mistakes of the past and help overcome future challenges, writes Andrew Power.

From TheJournal.ie 'It's an absolute relief': Contractor to be appointed to complete schools impacted by Carillion collapse Construction

'It's an absolute relief': Contractor to be appointed to complete schools impacted by Carillion collapse

In mid-January, it emerged that work had stalled on a number of schools after the UK-based firm went bust.

From TheJournal.ie Sammon liquidation: Schools say they're still optimistic they can open their doors in September Liquidation

Sammon liquidation: Schools say they're still optimistic they can open their doors in September

On Tuesday, Sammon Contracting Ireland Limited was placed into liquidation.

From TheJournal.ie A construction firm is creating 100 jobs in Monaghan because of the county's 'work ethic' Jobs Jobs Jobs

A construction firm is creating 100 jobs in Monaghan because of the county's 'work ethic'

House frame manufacturer Entekra has just secured €46 million in funding.

From TheJournal.ie Minister: 'To solve the housing crisis, we need to build thousands of affordable apartments' Housing Crisis

Minister: 'To solve the housing crisis, we need to build thousands of affordable apartments'

Minister Eoghan Murphy has claimed the cost of building apartments has dropped by as much as 15%.

From TheJournal.ie Students living in €249-a-week accommodation offered partial refunds due to months of construction work Mill Street

Students living in €249-a-week accommodation offered partial refunds due to months of construction work

A number of students have complained about loud construction work ongoing since October.

From TheJournal.ie How will Ireland 2040 be delivered? For starters, we need more brickies, tilers and plasterers Construction

How will Ireland 2040 be delivered? For starters, we need more brickies, tilers and plasterers

Ireland 2040 has big plans – but will we have enough construction workers to deliver government pledges.

From TheJournal.ie Where will all the construction workers come from to build the Ireland 2040 plan? On Site

Where will all the construction workers come from to build the Ireland 2040 plan?

In the long-term apprenticeships will help, but what about in the next few years?

From TheJournal.ie Construction tender prices to rise by 7% this year, surveyors warn On The Rise

Construction tender prices to rise by 7% this year, surveyors warn

“Success is measured in what you build, not what you spend.”

ALL PARTIES IN a case that involves two of Ireland’s biggest building companies clashing over pyrite should ensure remediation is paid to affected homeowners, the High Court has heard.

Ballymore Group is pursuing a case against a subsidiary of Ireland’s largest building materials company, CRH.

Ballymore was founded by Sean Mulryan, one of Ireland’s best-known developers, and has led the development of a slew of major housing projects across the country.

The case relates to one of the company’s developments at Portmarnock in county Dublin, called Drumnigh Wood. There are 145 houses in the development, which was built in 2007, and the court heard that pyrite has manifested in around 50 houses.

Some properties were sold for more than €1 million.

About 30 homeowners have taken legal proceedings against Ballymore, which in turn has taken legal action against CRH subsidiary Roadstone and two other companies, Murphy Concrete Manufacturing and William Miley.

Ballymore claims that the trio supplied materials that was responsible for the presence of pyrite in homes it developed in Drumnigh Wood.

pyrite cracks credit Riggsdoes youtube Pyrite in a house Source: Riggsdoes/Youtube

The court heard that most of the concrete for the development was supplied by Roadstone, with a smaller amount supplied by Murphy Concrete. Proceedings were first filed more than two years ago.

Remediation

Ms Justice Deirdre Murphy said that all the parties in the case should ensure that suitable remediation is paid to any affected homeowners if necessary. She said that the court proceedings could then decide who has the final liability.

“It is in all of your interest that if there is damage that you should all get together and find who is liable,” she said.

“All three parties should decide whether remediation is necessary and then find who is liable in the proceedings. All the parties could get together to sort it out, (but) I leave that matter with you.”

Justice Murphy said several times that it is not desirable for the case to be delayed, noting that proceedings have already lasted for more than two years.

She said that the case should be a straightforward one in terms of pleadings, although she acknowledged that proving liability could be very complex.

The case was adjourned and will be heard again in March.

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Written by Paul O’Donoghue and posted on Fora.ie

From TheJournal.ie Claims about bogus self-employment in construction 'grossly exaggerated' Building

Claims about bogus self-employment in construction 'grossly exaggerated'

The construction industry’s representative body did acknowledge a reluctance in contractors to directly employ workers and said the government needs to make this more attractive.

From TheJournal.ie 'Alarm' and frustration as newly built Irish schools stalled by Carillion collapse Construction

'Alarm' and frustration as newly built Irish schools stalled by Carillion collapse

A new building for a school in Co Wicklow has been completed – but the collapse of Carillion means they haven’t moved in yet.

From TheJournal.ie Nine workers dead after 450m-long bridge collapses in Colombian valley Motorway

Nine workers dead after 450m-long bridge collapses in Colombian valley

The 450m-long bridge was to be part of a motorway connecting to the city of Villavicencio to Bogotá.

From TheJournal.ie Construction workers had to live in terrible conditions, court hears Tipperary

Construction workers had to live in terrible conditions, court hears

20 workers allege they were underpaid while working for Portuguese companies hired to build a section of the N7.

From TheJournal.ie Construction of motorway to connect Dublin to Derry to begin this year North To South

Construction of motorway to connect Dublin to Derry to begin this year

The project is the biggest road project ever undertaken in Northern Ireland.

From TheJournal.ie Irish building apprentices deliver handmade toys to children's charities Santa's Workshop

Irish building apprentices deliver handmade toys to children's charities

The Sisk & Son construction company has been making toys for charities at Christmas for the last 40 years.

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