CIF Industry Outlook Forum:

Thursday, January 28, 2021

9:00

Introduction & Opening Remarks 

Tom Parlon

Tom Parlon

Director General, Construction Industry Federation

9:05

Scene Setting with CIF President

Frank Kelly

Frank Kelly

President, Construction Industry Federation

9:15

Government Address:

Looking ahead to 2021 – Building the next normal

Michael McGrath TD

Michael McGrath TD

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform

9:30

Safety and Skills Outlook 2021

Safety was the critical issue throughout 2020 as the industry successfully operated safely and at near full capacity in the teeth of the pandemic.  As the pandemic, hopefully, is managed, traditional safety issues remain critically important.  This panel will feature some of the leading proponents of safety in the CIF who will discuss how the industry can continue to put safety at the center of everything it does.

Moderator: Shane Dempsey

Moderator: Shane Dempsey

Director of Communications, CIF

Dermot Carey

Dermot Carey

Director Safety & Training, CIF

John O’Shaughnessy

John O’Shaughnessy

Managing Director, Clancy Construction

Eamonn Stapleton

Eamonn Stapleton

Managing Director, Clonmel Enterprises

10:00

PANEL DISCUSSION:

Specialist Contracting and Innovation

Innovation is the springboard for two of the industry’s biggest opportunities – productivity and climate change. The industry has to innovate to improve productivity in collaborating with its public and private sector clients. Relatedly, the industry must innovate to enhance its contribution to climate change and sustainability by ‘greening’ and delivering buildings with minimal life cycle impacts on the environment. This panel will discuss how to ensure that innovation diffuses the entire supply chain to the benefit of the industry, the exchequer and the citizens.

Moderator: Shane Dempsey

Moderator: Shane Dempsey

Director of Communications, CIF

Sean Downey

Sean Downey

Director - Specialist Contracting, CIF

Tim Ferris

Tim Ferris

Director, Jones Engineering

Danny Murphy

Danny Murphy

MD, Highway Markings

Colm Burke

Colm Burke

MD, Mercury Engineering

10:30

Networking & Exhibition Viewing

10:45

PANEL DISCUSSION:

Industrial Relations Outlook

Industrial relations will continue to grow in importance throughout 2021 as industry, government and unions increasingly collaborate in resolving societal challenges such as Covid. With the industry potentially facing a growth phase due to increasing investment in public infrastructure and housing, the potential for several IR issues to arise is manifested. This panel will provide an outlook as to how the CIF will approach these issues in the coming months

Moderator: Shane Dempsey

Moderator: Shane Dempsey

Director of Communications, CIF

Joanne Cluxton

Joanne Cluxton

Group HR Manager, Mercury

Jean Winters

Jean Winters

Director, Industrial Relations & Employment Services, CIF

David Lee

David Lee

Construction Director, Collen Construction Ltd

11:15

PANEL DISCUSSION:

Main Contracting, Tendering and Procurement 2021

The working relationship between industry and its largest client, the Public Sector (37% by value), is critical to the delivery of infrastructure and housing. More effective collaboration between industry and Government combined with modern forms of procurement and contract are critical. This panel will outline what changes will lead to the most progress in these critical areas throughout 2021.

Moderator: Shane Dempsey

Moderator: Shane Dempsey

Director of Communications, CIF

Philip Crampton

Philip Crampton

Owner, G&T Crampton

Pat Lucey

Pat Lucey

Past President, CIF

Paul Sheridan

Paul Sheridan

Director - Main Contracting, Construction Industry Federation

11:45

Networking & Exhibition Viewing

12:00

PANEL DISCUSSION:

Regional Outlook

Dynamic regions are essential to the future of the Irish economy and society. The vision of Project Ireland 2040, the Government’s spatial strategy, is that Cork, Limerick and Galway grow at twice the rate of Dublin over the next 20 years. Our expert panel will outline exactly how challenging this target is and how every month that passes without progress on regional projects in 2021 will make the 2040 vision less likely.

Moderator: Conor O’Connell

Moderator: Conor O’Connell

Director, CIF Southern Region

Seán Carrigy

Seán Carrigy

Chairperson, CIF

Tara Flynn

Tara Flynn

Director, Paul Flynn Const. Ltd

Dominic Doheny

Dominic Doheny

Joint Managing Director, John Flanagan Developments Ltd

Justin Molloy

Justin Molloy

Director, CIF Western/Midland Region

12:30

PANEL DISCUSSION:

Housing and Development Outlook

Housing supply will continue to be the long-term political issue for the duration of this government. Challenges to the delivery of the 36,000 houses per year required to sustain our population and economy remain stubbornly extant. The CIF has consistently identified logjams in the State’s delivery mechanism that must be resolved. Initiatives such as the First Time Buyer Grant and the Shared Equity Scheme will improve supply but only if other barriers such as the exigencies of the planning system can be resolved. Listen to our experts set out how to solve Ireland’s housing crisis.

Moderator: Shane Dempsey

Moderator: Shane Dempsey

Director of Communications, CIF

James Benson

James Benson

Director of Housing, Planning & Development, CIF

Neil Durkan

Neil Durkan

Director, Durkan New Homes

Michael Kelleher

Michael Kelleher

Group Operations Director, O'Flynn Group

13:00

Closing Remarks