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1-DAY CONFERENCE National Construction Conference


National Construction Conference

Decision Makers Forum



● The Economy ● Inflation ● Price Increases

● National Development Plan ● Contractual nightmares

● Skills Shortage

● Financing Projects ● Procurement



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Date: 29th March 2023



The National Construction Conference will focus on the overall economic situation, global factors expected to affect Ireland and the impact on construction. We will look at the recent census – population growth stats and what they mean for the built environment. Some of the other issues causing concern for the industry include our skills shortage, inflation, and the impact on current and future projects; are we heading into another recession? as well as so much more to be discussed in detail on the day.


With a line-up of industry experts, it’s an unmissable event for everyone involved in Ireland’s construction industry.



Conference Programme


Conference Chairperson & Opening Remarks

Martin Cooney, Partner and Head of the Byrne Wallace LLP Construction Law team.


The Economy – Forecast for the Future

Speaker: Kieran McQuinn, Research Professor, ESRI

Growth prospects – Recent census figures
Dublin and the rest of Ireland
Economical threats to the construction sector
Threat of another recession


Inflation And Its Impact on The Construction Sector

Speaker: James Golden, Director, Quigg Golden  

What is causing the unprecedented recent inflation (and when will it end)
What risks come with it for contractors (and employers)
How do the standard forms of contract deal with inflation
What to watch for in formulas for inflation.


The National Development Plan – Project Ireland 2040

Speaker: Paul O’Neill, Managing Director, Infrastructure & Government, KPMG Corporate Finance

Investment priorities across sectors
What projects are likely to happen?
Where are the growth areas for construction?
What are the key challenges impacting project delivery?


Project and Infrastructure Finance

Speaker: Hugh Cummins, Partner, Philip Lee


Construction Contracts, Costs & Risk Management

Speaker: Alison Bearpark, Partner, Ronan Daly Jermyn

Managing Costs in a volatile marketplace

Control of risk once an issue arises on site
Legal issues – Cost and time
Controlling any crystallisation of risk – disputes on site – having methodology agreed with contractors


Labour – Staffing & Skill Shortage Solutions

Speaker: David Ward, Managing Director of Ward Personnel

CSO – labour breakdown and forecasts.
Case studies – how some organisations have tackled staff shortages
Incentives & initiatives
Recent changes to permits to attract overseas talent


Public Procurement and Tendering Process – Highs, Lows and Pitfalls

Speaker: Bruno Herbots, Head of the Construction and Procurement Department at Herbots 

Is the current system fit for purpose
What changes would help improve the current system
Are there any proposed changes?
Construction Works Management Framework – Some Proposals for Change


Who Should Attend?


This conference is relevant to contractors, sub-contractors, quantity surveyors, engineers, contracts managers, project managers, county councils, government departments, semi-state agencies and anyone looking to gain a greater understanding of construction forecasts for the next 18-24 months.




Early Bird Rate @ €475+VAT per person

Normal Rate @ €575 + VAT.


Please note the early bird discount can close sooner than expected once a certain number of places fill up, therefore your prompt booking is strongly advised to avoid disappointment.


CMG Events Conference Discount

10% discount for the third delegate booked or subsequent bookings thereafter from the same company.


Why Should I Attend?


There are many reasons why you should attend this event, but here’s a few for you to consider.

Get the most up to date information the Irish Construction sector and what’s expected over the next 12 to 24 months.
You will get the rare opportunity to ask questions from experts and experienced professionals on matters specifically relevant to you.
Attend this event from the comfort of your home or office, while engaging and networking with others
Gain valuable CPD hours to add to your yearly requirements.
Gain access to all presentations which may prove invaluable going forward.
Watch and re-watch all video presentations in 4K for up to 72 hours after the event.


CPD Points


There will be a certificate of attendance given to attendees after the conference. Please check directly with your association or awarding body to see how many CPD points they will award.


Book Your Place


To request the conference agenda details with further information on schedule, timings, venue etc. Click Here


To secure your place please Click Here


Alternatively call the CMG Events team on 00353 (0)1 293 3650 or email

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