An Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD and over 300 professionals from the Irish construction industry gathered at the Intercontinental Hotel in Dublin recently for the launch of the Bruce Shaw Ireland Handbook and Knowledge Centre 2015.
The handbook, an annual Bruce Shaw publication, provides a review of the Irish construction market and an outlook for 2015. It forms the Ireland chapter of Knowledge Centre, the company’s online portal of construction data from 12 international markets around the world. Now in its thirteenth year, Knowledge Centre has become a valuable online resource for busy construction professionals in need of up-to-date, easy to access, relevant industry information.
Opening proceedings, Bruce Shaw Group Chairman Brendan O’Mara said: “We are delighted to welcome so many of our friends from the construction industry to our book launch and are especially grateful to An Taoiseach for joining us this evening at this important event for Bruce Shaw. We are optimistic about the positive signs we are seeing in the industry, with the increase in the number of contracts over the last 12 months, and are especially proud to have been appointed cost consultants on the new National Children’s Hospital, the ‘single biggest infrastructure project in the history of the State’ according to Minister Varadkar”.
Addressing the gathering, Mr Kenny said: “I’m delighted to launch the Bruce Shaw Ireland Handbook, which is a valuable resource for data on the Irish construction market. The Government is determined to return the construction sector to a sustainable size and get unemployed construction workers back to work. As the Government works to secure economic recovery, our aim is to triple the number of houses built and create 60,000 construction jobs by 2020”.