Sherlock Recruitment in the Press

As the Irish construction industry is facing a real challenge in staffing the number of building sites around the country, Sherlock Recruitment has been working tirelessly to source the highest quality tradesmen and construction operatives for the sector here is how we are leading the pack.

 

 

 

Irish Skills Shortage – Sector Under Pressure

Ireland Construction Industry is facing a skills shortage

MMD (Mitchel Mcdermott) recently released a report highlighting some serious challenges the Irish construction industry are facing. It says construction output grew by 12% last year, but the number of workers only grew by 4%. This is a very real challenge, for anyone doing business in the sector, without the people to build the houses, offices and hospitals we aren’t going to get very far and critical targets won’t be met.

As Sherlock is a specialised staffing and recruitment organisation we are acutely aware of the potential threat the skills shortage brings both to us and to our clients. This is something that we tackled in an earlier post last year. It’s only January and already we are getting calls that projects are being delayed due to staff or missing critical skills. This is a worrying trend that doesn’t show any signs of abating.
Paul Mitchell, one of the authors of the report, predicted output would increase by a further 10% this year to over €25bn.  “Output is outstripping our already constrained supply chain, and this is a worrying trend going forward. In fact, demand is at levels of constraint similar to the Celtic Tiger, especially in Dublin,” he said.

The implications of a skills shortages will be to rapidly push the cost of builds up. The study suggested that an office building costing €20 million to build in 2015 would cost €25 million at the beginning of 2020, an increase of 26 per cent. Mitchell went on to say “Given the constraints in the sector, the key question is who will build these units? We estimate up to 30,000 additional workers would be required to reach that level of output,” he said. This was reinforced further by The CIF who believes the sector will require 100,000 more workers in the coming years.

These are very real industry challenges and is exactly the space that Sherlock operates in, on a daily basis. Work with the leading Tier 1 contractors and engineers across the country and Europe on some the of the biggest builds in the country, the cost of delays is paramount to all our clients big or small. One of the primary reason’s people use our service is due to our focused skills set and national reach. We have developed a network of over 40 000 skilled tradesmen, operatives and support staff across all sectors of the construction industry. If you are planning any builds over the coming years you want to speak to Sherlock. Not only will we be able to provide you with the right staff at the right time, but we will work with you to manage your staffing costs and will reduce all the stress involved in staff management to a single weekly invoice.

Working with an organisation like Sherlock that is as established in the sector as Sherlock means you have a viable resource to control costs, to mitigate risk exposure and ensure that you have the skills and staff that you need to keep your projects on track.

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Top Irish Companies Choose Sherlock

The Top 10 Reasons

Contract construction workers, are they the solution for you? We wanted to know as well! So we did some research and here are the top 10 reasons Ireland’s leading contractors chose to use Sherlock Recruitment. There might be more benefits to using contract workers than meets the eye. Have a look and let us know if there are any reasons we might have missed.

1. Stability in uncertain times

For all organisations, flexibility and adaptability are paramount and having the ability to adapt their team during busy or low periods. The hiring and or finishing up of permanent staff is time-consuming expensive and can be detrimental to morale. The ability to bring on more workers or scale back the workforce to respond to the ebbs and flows of demand is one of the biggest benefits to using contract staff. This helps with a rapid response solution for sudden turnover, long-term leaves, and special projects.

2. Access to new skills

Working with Sherlock Recruitments contract employees, clients found that the contract staff provided new skills and perspectives to the project, which in turn improved efficiency and productivity. If a new project requires skills outside your permanent team’s area of expertise, a contract employee can provide those new skills and talent to keep things moving for as long as you need that surge.

3. It can lead to meaningful hires

This was one of our favourites; finding employees that are the right fit for your workplace is always a challenge, and making a bad hire can be costly. Contract employees, on the other hand, can provide employers with the chance to evaluate workers over a longer period of time without committing to a permanent offer. It can also alleviate some of the urgency associated with filling an opening in your permanent staff – having a contract employee in place during your recruitment process ensures you take your time finding the right hire. Sherlock has provided many employees on a contract to permanent basis. We are always delighted when we get that call to discuss moving a contract employee to become permanent staff.

4. Rapid and up to date expertise

Sherlock specialises in hiring quality staff for the construction industry, we are experts in the field and are specialists in your industry. One of the biggest perks, according to our clients, have told us is the speed to market, we provide a faster alternative to the conventional hiring process. We know the market, are well versed in current career expectations of quality staff and salary rates, have the available talent at our fingertips, and can reach qualified candidates quickly. Contract staffing is an instant solution for many companies that need the best available candidates in the shortest amount of time.

5. Access to Critical Skills

It is commonplace for many of our clients to use our services to gain access to critical strategic skills on a project basis. Commonly, companies need a qualified candidate to fulfil a critically important role for a short period and turn to contract staff to provide them with a suitable candidate. Being able to hire a well-qualified and vetted candidate provides human resource departments with crucial flexibilty solution for a project that needs immediate attention for a particular set of skills.

6. Fast scalability of your workforce

If you are like many of our clients and have several big projects rapidly coming up or have taken on a big new project? Using contract staff is one of the fastest and most efficient ways of scaling up your workforce at short notice. You will then have the option to of keeping those high performing employees permanently to continue the growth of your business.

7. Fast-track hiring

Contract staff can usually start work on-site within a few days, avoiding long notice periods or interview processes, and the hassle of backward and forward of counter offers etc. Sherlock Recruitment is always searching for, hiring and growing our database, and we have a pool of contract workers ready to spring into action when you need them and where you need them.

8. Cover while recruiting

Using this strategy is something that is happening more often in the current candidate-driven environment. Due to the difficulties, time and risk of hiring permanent staff, more and more companies are using the services of a contract employee while recruiting for a full-time employee. This strategy takes the pressure to hire off, giving the hiring desk the legroom to evaluate and negotiate with suitable candidates while minimising the strain on the rest of the team. The added perk here is that you might find the contract employee is the ideal fit. Plus, your new permanent recruit will thank you for keeping their workload to a minimum before they start!

9. Extended Trial

So many companies take contract workers on a ‘working interview’, or a trial to permanent basis with a permanent job on offer if things go well. If a contract worker isn’t suited to one role, they might be a good fit somewhere else in your company. Putting contract workers in on this basis gives both the employer and employee the ability to fully understand each other to see if it’s a good fit. Interesting fact: Over one-third of managers started as contract staff – so your new contract employee could go on to be a pivotal member of your business.

10. Risk-free retention of the best staff

By using contract staffing services, a human resource department is under no obligation towards the employee. The employer can evaluate the employee on the job, observe their performance, check their qualifications and monitor their work habits to make sure that the temporary worker meets all the criteria before offering the worker a permanent job. This no-risk employment relationship cuts down on staff turnover because both the temporary employee and the employer are certain of a good fit with the company’s work culture. Additionally, using a recruitment agency for high-volume staff placements will equate to cost savings related to turnover because the company will save on training costs amongst others related to employee recruitment.

These were the top ten reasons companies across Ireland use the services of Sherlock Recruitment and training. If you want to find out more about how companies across Ireland are putting these ten great reasons into practice in different sectors across the Construction industry, then be sure to contact your industry specialists:

General Inquiries: 01 456 8438

Construction Danny: 087 342 5402
Mechanical: Elaine: 087 383 8473
Electrical: David: 087 273 7312

Tackling Construction Staff Shortages the Sherlock Way

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The CSO’s Latest Report Highlights New Challenges

This week the Central Statistics Office released together with the figures from the latest Labour Force Survey which highlighted how the Irish economy continues to boom. These reports showed a record 2.3 million people were employed in the Irish economy in the second quarter of 2019. What this means is that it was the 28th consecutive quarter of annual employment growth since 2012, reflecting a remarkable turnaround since the low point of the crash.

As encouraging as these figures are being almost at full working status poses a real challenge for people who are desperately looking to hire/ recruit, especially as the building has started to increase again this quarter. The challenge this poses for recruiters, Site Managers, HR Managers is to source candidates who are available. Where are they sourcing the staff?

Sherlock is a leading supplier of quality staff and faces this challenge on a daily basis. We are also now recruiting for a huge increase in demand and pipeline of business coming up into 2020. We have clients with requirements for some major sites in Leixlip, Dundalk and Central Dublin and will have to be ahead of the game to source and find the top quality candidates for our clients that they expect from us.

To ensure we have access to the greatest number of potential candidates, we use an omnichannel approach to sourcing. This is a modern strategy for challenging times, one that utilises social media and online sources to get in front of the right candidate at the right time.  Adding to this, we have also grown one of Ireland’s largest databases of vetted, qualified tradespeople in the country. This is a database who we communicate with daily and work with to help them develop their own pipeline of projects coming through. This means we know where they are going to be and when. We know which waves of tradespeople are busy completing their stage of a project and would be available for the next and work with them to roll over to the next site. This kind of insight and bespoke management of clients and candidates is what has positioned Sherlock as a leader in our field. The clients that we work with appreciate having access to this kind of information as they can plan their projects carefully to maximise their workforce and the agencies efficacy. Candidates love working with us because we take care of them and we can provide them with weekly information and consistent work that develops their jobs skill set and keeps them growing in their careers.

If you want to know more about how Sherlock can assist you to manage your staffing requirements on site don’t hesitate to call us on +353 1 45 68438 or email us: marketing@sherlockrecruitment.com

Construction Safety Ireland

With a recent report from RTE on the Irish Safety standards. We are very proud to be on board with keeping sites safe and all the crews upskilled and more than capable.

Sherlock Recruitment work with some of the biggest engineering and construction firms around Ireland. We are lucky enough to be working on some of Ireland’s biggest and most exciting sites at the moment. These sites have a huge demand for quality manpower and tradesmen of all disciplines. A quick scan over our open vacancy Jobboard will give you an idea of the diversity and geographical reach we recruit for.

As much as we are passionate about getting Irish tradesmen working again and helping to facilitate the continued development of our cities, it certainly doesn’t come without it’s challenges. The diversity of people applying for positions is incredible, many moving across from other industries, some back home from living abroad, and some foreigners moving to the country. There so many tradesmen applying for roles who have the experience and qualifications required but have either failed to keep their safety certifications up to date, or have never actually done them to begin with. These are critical health and safety courses that are a minimum requirement to being onsite and the lack of these certs are becoming a major problem as large volumes of tradesmen are missing out on job opportunities simply because they have failed to update their certifications.

As recruiters it is incredibly frustrating for us to put in all the leg work of posting job specs, appealing for applications, reviewing the applications, finding the perfect CV, contacting the applicant and then finding out that their certs have expired. With the speed that roles get filled in the sector at the moment, if there are any delays those roles are filled within days.

We’re sure there’s nothing more disheartening for these applicants than missing out on the quality contracts or that step up on to the ladder they have been hungry for. So what  Sherlock have done to try to ensure this doesn’t happen is to open our week up and have our trainers offer a manual handling, abrasive wheels and safe pass courses every day of the week. This is to help both members of the public and tradesmen, but also companies who need to get their staff trained up in order to be legally compliant.

The Irish Construction Industry is paving the way in Europe and setting the standard for quality and safety onsite. To maintain this standard, workers are legally required to hold valid Safe passes and manual handling certs before they can begin site work. As well as supplying staffing solutions to the leading contractors in the industry, Sherlock offer a range of health and safety courses that are essential for the majority of work in the industry right now. We run our training courses to ensure that our candidates always meet the industry standard and that our sites maintain their compliance from start to finish; from jobseekers in the industry, tradesmen onsite or seeking to up-skill and even large bookings for our clients.

Our courses are delivered by top industry experts every day, so whether it’s a course for you alone or a large group onsite, you know you’ll be in safe hands with Sherlock Recruitment and Training.

Book with us today by calling 087 989 1681 or visiting Sherlock Recruitment.

Irish Construction International

The Irish construction industry is internationally renowned for high standards in quality, skill and safety. We boast a highly educated workforce and world-class expertise in construction and engineering, so it’s no wonder global tech giants have decided to set up shop in the Emerald Isle. The country’s largest construction companies are paving the way in data centre, pharma and other complex builds, both domestically and internationally, making Ireland the hub of high-tech construction in Europe.According to the Irish Times, Dublin has about 24% of the EU’s data centre market, falling marginally behind London. Investment in data centre construction in Ireland has tripled in the last 4 years, bringing the average annual spend up to €1.3 billion. It’s no coincidence that the combined turnover for CIF’s top 50 contractors has also risen by 25% from 2017. The rapid rise in turnover is reflective of a strong recovery following the downturn, spurred on by a demand for high-tech builds. With data centre investments predicted to reach €10 billion by 2022, we can be certain that our industry is set to flourish and gain even more international recognition in the coming years.
At present, there are 53 data centres active in Ireland and 29 under development. Dublin is home to four of the five leading data centres in the European market, with tech giants such as Google, Amazon, Microsoft and Intel active and investing in operations here. This high volume of activity has helped Irish companies gain a strong reputation in data centre construction along with our high levels of expertise in electrical, mechanical and civil engineering.
Although all sectors of the industry are improving, Tom Parlon of CIF notes that our skill and knowledge in data centre construction is a key driver of growth. During the recession, many contractors developed business relations abroad, which has been accredited as a key factor in spurring on the current building boom. An export-driven strategy for the industry seems to be the answer moving forward, as CIF will be working alongside Enterprise Ireland to ensure steady and continuous growth home and abroad.
Many companies we have worked alongside are staying ahead of industry developments and are establishing themselves outside of Ireland and many are expanding their business. Jones Engineering, DPS, Kirby and Ardmac are a few of the Irish contractors who have noticed the increasing number of data centre/pharma clients in the Benelux region and are expanding/developing there. Meanwhile in Ireland, with such high demand for talent, Sherlock Recruitment have also began recruiting from outside of Irish boarders to consider sources and are broadening our scope for skilled candidates. A shift has taken place; contractors are looking towards Europe to ensure steady growth, while recruiters are looking to import quality staff to meet the current demand.
Sherlock Recruitment are proudly working with Ireland’s leading contractors in the construction industry. We have successfully supplied our clients with the most talented, qualified and suitable candidates. Stay connected to our Facebook, Instagram and Website for to-the-minute development news industry insights.

The Changing Face of Ireland’s Construction Industry

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The Construction Industry’s Landscape is Changing Fast

As cranes spread across the skyline of every major city in the country and news of new large-scale developments emerge daily, one thing is certain – we are back building. And with this increased demand comes increased pressure to find talent for our sites. To its own detriment, the construction industry has notoriously been among the slowest to embrace change. The sector has had a reputation for exclusivity, ‘old-school’ approaches and rigid practices, which has proven to be a barrier for applicants from diverse backgrounds and a deterrent for many young people choosing careers in construction. Recently, we have seen the industry embrace a more diverse workforce, propelled by a high demand for talent and skilled labour. The pool from which we source talent becomes incredibly limited if we restrict our scope and in the current climate, we can’t afford to be exclusive of any good, quality workers.

The industry is working hard to entice new, talented workers onto sites and are making an effort to appeal to people from all backgrounds. Many major companies have identified this issue and have incorporated diversity initiatives into their corporate missions – to show that viable career options exist for everyone. Recruiting from outside the regular pool of candidates is the best option to alleviate the high demand that we are facing in the current Building Boom, and it’s proven to be a more successful choice than anyone would have thought. A recent article on Independent.ie outlines the success that’s come from hiring women and older candidates to fill machine operative roles. It’s a solution that has helped to ease demand while bringing a diverse group of people with new and different insights and experiences to our sites.

The Construction Industry Federation (CIF) launched their #BuildingEquality campaign in 2018 with the aim of debunking the commonly held belief that the industry is ‘just for boys.’ The female presence in the Irish construction industry has become more prominent in recent years, however, women still only count for 6% of the industry’s workforce. We’ve seen an influx in female applicants for roles, from dumper drivers to storewomen, so we predict this figure is only going to grow.

This industry is undergoing extreme growth and the face of construction in Ireland is diversifying and changing fast. Sherlock Recruitment are highly aware of the trends occurring in the sector and the increasing need for skilled talent. We are known for never compromising on the quality of staff, our extensive database of qualified tradespeople and finding the most suitable candidates for every role. With Sherlock Recruitment, your sites will always be a safe and diverse place for your workforce.

Rates Increase for 2019

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Some of the biggest news to hit the construction industry in Ireland in the last week has got to be the pending rate increase

Sherlock recruitment has been keeping a close eye on the progression of the Union’s bid for an increase over the past few months and have written previously on the topic. It is now official, and Minister of State Pat Breen has approved two recommendations from the Labour Court for new minimum pay rates.

The last sector-wide pay increase for construction workers was implemented in October 2017. The latest increase of basic hourly rates of pay will apply from October 1st 2019 and last through to September 30th 2020.

The following basic hourly rates of pay will apply in the sector from 1st October 2019 to 30th September 2020:

Craftsperson’s €19.44 per hour Bricklayers/Stone Layers; Carpenters and Joiners; Floor Layers; Glaziers; Painters; Plasterers; Stone Cutters; Wood Machinists; Slaters and Tilers.

Category A Worker €18.86 per hour Scaffolders who hold an Advanced Scaffolding Card and who have four years’ experience; Banks operatives, Steel Fixers; Crane Drivers and Heavy Machine Operators.

Category B Worker €17.50 per hour Skilled General Operatives who have worked in the sector for more than 2 years.

New Entrant Operative Workers €14.14 per hour To apply for 2 years to new entrant operative workers over the age of 18 years and entering the sector for the first time.

Apprenticeship and other craftsmen rates will change as such:

Apprentice Year 1 33.3% of Craft rate
Apprentice Year 2 50% of Craft Rate
Apprentice Year 3 75% of Craft Rate
Apprentice Year 4 90% of Craft Rate

Craftsperson €19.96 per hour Bricklayers/Stone Layers; Carpenters and Joiners; Floor Layers; Glaziers; Painters; Plasterers; Stone Cutters; Wood Machinists; Slaters and Tilers.

Category A Worker €19.37 per hour Scaffolders who hold an Advanced Scaffolding Card and who have four years’ experience; Banks operatives, Steel Fixers; Crane Drivers and Heavy Machine Operators.

Category B Worker €17.97 per hour Skilled General Operatives who have worked in the sector for more than 2 years.

New entrant operative workers €14.52 To apply for 2 years to new entrant operative workers over the age of 18 years and entering the sector for the first time.

The following basic hourly rates of pay will apply to apprentices employed in the sector from 1st October 2020.

Apprentice Year 1 33.3% of Craft rate
Apprentice Year 2 50% of Craft Rate
Apprentice Year 3 75% of Craft Rate
Apprentice Year 4 90% of Craft Rate

Electrical Contracting Sector

The following hourly rates of pay shall apply to the indicated categories of an employee employed in the sector from 1st September 2019:

Category 1 (Newly qualified electricians employed in the sector) €23.49

Category 2 (qualified electricians employed in the sector with effect from the commencement of their 3rd year of employment after qualification as an electrician) €23.96

Category 3 (Electricians employed in the sector with effect from the commencement of their 6th year of employment after qualification as an electrician) €24.34

The following rates of pay shall apply to apprentices employed in the sector from 1st September 2019:

Apprentice Year 1
€7.05
Apprentice Year 2
€10.57
Apprentice Year 3
€15.27
Apprentice Year 4
€18.80

The recommendations also provide for unsocial hours payments and set terms for pension and sick pay schemes.

Minister Breen said, “The sectoral employment process is welcome in that it provides an independent assessment of pay rates that takes into account the views of all interested parties”.

In the case of the construction sector, the Labour Court recommendation followed on from an application by the Unions BATU, Connect, OPATSI, SIPTU and UNITE to the court to review the terms and conditions of workers in the construction sector.

The application in the electrical contracting sector was made by Connect, the Association of Electrical Contractors Ireland and the Electrical Contractors Association.

How will this impact on the current upward movement of the sector in Ireland? Given construction workers are already paid above the average rate compared to other blue-collar positions, a new (or varied) SEO and a pay increase for construction workers will no doubt put further pressure on employers in the industry and perhaps cause a construction slowdown. The positive is that with a rate increase and a higher earning potential many of the skilled labour that left during the recession we might return.  We have also seen a shift in hiring patterns of construction firms, and increased use of outsourced and temporary staff for specific requirements, to minimise the wage bill and HR costs to the project.

Having followed recent events in Ireland an agreement and solution to this matter between all stakeholders is infinitely more desirable for all parties to avoid industrial action and to maintain positive industrial relations throughout the sector. The increased cost of labour will undoubtedly make an impact across industry and ultimately through to the consumer.

Whatever the results Sherlock Recruitment supplies temporary and permanent staffing solutions specific to the construction industry and we will be here for you to guide and assist you with whatever your requirements might be. In addition to supplying staffing solutions, Sherlock also provides critical Health and Safety training for the industry.

 

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Battling to progress your career?

Have you got all the skills and the work experience but still battling to find yourself stable and secure work?

New data just out shows that “job hopping” has the potential to damage a person’s career progression according to recent research from a global recruiting giant. The study shows that 65% of employers opted not to interview someone who has had a number of short-tenure jobs in the past.

Employers on average consider six months to be a short-tenure to spend in a job, while employees consider 11 months a short time.
The research tells us that most employers considered having four short tenure jobs on CVs would qualify a candidate as a job hopper. With one in four such employers admitting to not interviewing a candidate for that reason.
Many employees surveyed said that job hopping may be viewed as “disloyal, indecisive and a negative” by recruiters and employer, while only 29% felt that it would ultimately hurt their career. 14% of workers felt that moving among various jobs was a positive for their career, presenting a chance to learn new skills, demonstrate their adaptability, boost their CV and make connections to further their career.
When asked what an acceptable amount of time was to stay in a job to gain experience and progress your career, employers and employees shared more common ground. Employers on average agreed 16 months was a suitable amount of time while employees believed it was 19-20 months.

Employment in the construction industry can be a little different with a lot of jobs being on a project by project basis so moving from site to site is not uncommon. However, changing companies regularly can get flagged as a potential risk by HR departments or hiring managers within the industry.
This is seen either as a reflection of the person capabilities to do the job or their ability to work onsite with other workers. This is where working with a staffing agency like Sherlock Recruitment can be a massive help for job seekers to gain some stability on their CVs.
When you join an agency like Sherlock as an employee, you are treated as any other full-time employee. Sherlock takes care of your PAYE, and all the legislative obligations, you are legally employed by Sherlock. Although you might be moved from one site to another as required or as the projects are closed. Sherlock will manage all of this for the employee, and you remain employed by Sherlock.

There are multiple benefits to this; not only do you get the stability and all the benefits of long-term employment with an organisation, but you are still exposed to many different projects, gaining hugely valuable experience and knowledge. You get to work with a number of different teams expanding your network and improving your career prospects while still maintaining stability on your CV, teaming with Sherlock gives you the best of both worlds.

Employers feel it is acceptable for a candidate to move organisations three times in a five-year period, according to the research. But in construction, you can quickly work on more projects than this in a single year. So you can clearly see how working with a company like Sherlock you are able to avoid the risk of being seen as a job hopper and you can keep your career progressing forward.

Sherlock Recruitment is a leading supplier of staffing and training solutions to the construction industry across Ireland. We work with some of the biggest engineering and construction firms in the country and are one of the suppliers of staff to the industry. Sherlock also has a fully established training department, which will get you onsite simpler and faster with fully accredited courses. These courses are offered to all our staff as well as the public who are interested in joining Ireland’s booming construction industry or merely to upskill.

2019 Shows No Sign Of Slowing For Irish Construction Industry

2019 Will doesn’t look like it is slowing down with €100 million Urban Regeneration and Development fund announced

 

More construction jobs outside of Dublin on the horizon for 2019 as the government allocates over 100 Million to innovative new projects.

A recent announcement from the government said that 88 projects are to be allocated a total of €100 million under the Urban Regeneration and Development Fund (URDF), launched in July 2018 as part of Project Ireland 2040.

An Taoiseach said: “The Urban Fund is aimed at all of our cities and towns with a population of more than 10,000. It’s an investment of €2bn over the next ten years aimed at unlocking the potential undeveloped sites in our towns and cities. We want them to have vibrant centres and to grow up rather than out. “We want smart, compact, urban growth. We want to make sure we have more people living in our city centres and close to the centre of large towns, making it easier to walk to work, cutting commuting times and distances, making better use of existing infrastructure while also benefitting the environment. The scale of funding available under this fund means the successful projects will have a tangible and positive impact on the daily lives of people living in our large towns and cities. We have never planned our towns and cities in this way before. We’re announcing €100m in projects today, and I look forward to seeing construction starting in the new year.”

The announcement was made as part of the Government’s National Planning Framework and National Development Plan with the goal being to help rejuvenate significant but underused areas in Ireland’s five cities and other large towns. There are four funds under the National Development Plan 2018-2027 is allocated for this purpose with a total of €2 billion being assigned to the URDF up to 2027.

The URDF are trying to stimulate new residential and commercial development in Ireland’s larger cities and towns. The intent is that these new developments will be supported by new services and amenities, and will help us to achieve ‘compact growth’ that is laid out in Project Ireland 2040.

Almost 200 applications were submitted to the Department since it launched its call for applications in July. There was a huge range of applications including:
Transforming the former school on Rutland Street within the North East Inner City as a community hub; support for large-scale strategic sites on both sides of the river in the Cork Docklands

Regeneration areas; Regeneration for O’Connell Street and projects in the city centre of Limerick; and public realm and riverside enhancement for the Abbey Quarter in Kilkenny.

There are going to be a further round of funding in 2019 through to 2027.

A list of the successful applications can be found here www.housing.gov.ie.