Construction sector in Ireland

A market overview including opportunities in the building and construction sector in Ireland

Ireland’s construction sector has been severely impacted over the past few years and shows little signs of recovery in the current economic climate.

Market overview

  • Most major public sector projects and almost all private sector work in this industry and its related services are affected by these difficulties.

  • However, there are some opportunities with announcements of a capital spending programme.

Key opportunities

In July 2012 the government announced an additional €2.25 billion for domestic infrastructure projects. In education this includes various procurement projects in 2013. Construction of the PPP element of Dublin Institute of Technology’s Grangegorman Educational Facility will begin in late 2015 or early 2016.

On 6 November 2012 the development of a new National Children’s Hospital was announced for the site at St James’s Hospital Dublin. It is expected to be complete by early 2018. Funding for the project is as follows: €200m from the National Lottery, €360m from the Capital budget and €50m from care development. Details of any public tenders are yet to be announced.

€280 million of investment in the education sector will cover the school building programme until 2018. This includes 275 new or replacement schools, most of these at post-primary level, and will be located across the country.

€850 million will be invested in upgrading the national motorway and primary route network across the country. €190 million will be invested in the State Pathology Laboratory, a new Garda divisional headquarters and a number of courthouses.

Latest export opportunities – Construction

Latest export opportunities – Ireland

Getting into the market

British companies wishing to enter and / or develop their business in the Irish market are advised to undertake as much market research and planning as possible. There are few barriers to entry with the same language, similar legal and regulatory structures as well as numerous cultural and business links.

UKTI’s team in Ireland, with its wide local knowledge and sector experience, can provide a range of services to British-based companies wishing to grow their business in the Irish market.

This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Provision of market information;

  • Validated lists of agents / distributors / other contacts as required;

  • Key market players or potential customers in the Irish market;

  • Establishment of interest of such contacts in working with you;

  • Arranging appointments; and

  • Organising seminars or other events for you to meet contacts and promote your company in the Irish market.

More about doing business in Ireland


Market intelligence is critical when doing business overseas, and UKTI can provide bespoke market research and support during overseas visits though our chargeable Overseas Market Introduction Service (OMIS).

To commission research or for general advice about the market, get in touch with our specialists in country – or contact your local international trade team.

Andrew Evans, British Embassy, 29 Merrion Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4,

Tel: +353 1 205 3753



Contact your local international trade team

Major Events

Better Building Conference

24th April 2013

Croke Park


UKTI Events

UKTI runs a range of events for exporters, including seminars in the UK, trade missions to overseas markets and support for attendance at overseas trade shows.

Latest events – Construction

Useful links

More about OMIS and other UKTI services for exporters

Sectors: Construction
Countries: Ireland
Export Action Plan