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Posted November 2, 2017

Court gives green light for Apple data centre in Athenry

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar is expected to meet Apple chief executive Tim Cook in California on Thursday amid concerns about Apple’s commitment to a €850 million data project in Athenry, Co Galway. The project cleared its final planning hurdle on Wednesday, after the High Court rejected an application…
Posted October 26, 2017

House building below official figures but growing strongly

House building remains substantially below official estimates, but there was significant growth during September, according to an analysis by Goodbody. The Goodbody BER Housebuilding Tracker, which is based on building energy ratings, was formed following increasing doubts about the accuracy of…
Posted October 24, 2017

HSA begins intensive construction safety campaign

Today marks the beginning of a national construction safety inspection campaign by the Health and Safety Authority (HSA). There will be 350 construction inspections during the campaign. Inspectors will be targeting sites where self-employed and small contractors are present, including one-off…
Posted October 13, 2017

Government plans to lift building height restrictions

The Government hopes to pass new laws lifting height restrictions on residential buildings by the end of the year, according to Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar. His colleague, the Minister for Housing, Eoghan Murphy, has already signalled that the Government plans to remove the…
Posted October 11, 2017

Housing & roads to benefit from Budget 2018

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe has increased capital spending, including spending on schools, hospitals and roads, in Budget 2018 by €790m. “This will bring Ireland’s public investment levels to among the highest in the European Union and will ensure we can deliver…
Posted October 10, 2017

Development of €38m wind farm in Wicklow commences

Work on the development and construction of a €38m wind farm in Wicklow has commenced, following the granting of full planning permission by Wicklow County Council. The stand-alone Irish company has been established for the sole purpose of the development…