Kilkenny construction comes under the spotlight

The 2013 outlook for the local construction industry in Kilkenny and the surrounding counties will be discussed at a Construction Industry Federation (CIF) briefing which is taking place in New Ross tomorrow (April 9).

The 2013 outlook for the local construction industry in Kilkenny and the surrounding counties will be discussed at a Construction Industry Federation (CIF) briefing which is taking place in New Ross tomorrow (April 9).

Among the issues that will be discussed will be the implementation of the newly announced building regulations, the review of the Government construction contracts which are due to take place in the coming months, the Construction Contracts Bill and the registered employment agreement (REA) for the construction industry.

The briefing will take place in the Brandon House Hotel at 5pm on April 9. The briefing is open to all CIF members.

Speaking ahead of the briefing, CIF Director General Tom Parlon said: “This briefing will provide a strong opportunity for us to communicate directly to our Kilkenny members about the big issues in the construction sector and how we see the sector progressing in the coming months. We’ve now experienced six consecutive years of decline in the sector and this has had a major impact on construction companies in Kilkenny and all over the country,” he said.

“The briefing will provide a platform to our members to talk about the problems they are experiencing on the ground. Kilkenny construction companies have to juggle a variety of issues that are hampering construction business in their area and this allows us to hear directly from them how they are being impacted and what we can do to help tackle these difficulties.

“Given all that is going on in the industry we hope there will be a strong attendance from our members at the briefing. With such competition in the industry at present all companies need to be as thoroughly informed as possible if they are to succeed in attracting work. Our aim is to use this briefing to better equip our members so they are ready for the various changes coming into effect in our sector,” Mr. Parlon concluded.