Start Time
9:15 AM
End Time
3.45 PM
There will be CPD hours awarded to attendees. Please check directly with your association or awarding body to see how many points they will award.

We are currently experiencing a technical issue with our booking forms.

To secure a place, please contact us on 01 2933650 or email

About this Conference

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.

A word from our conference chairperson


Conference Chairperson & Opening Remarks

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

The Economy – Forecast for the Future

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

Kieran McQuinn, Research Professor, ESRI

Inflation And Its Impact on The Construction Sector

  • 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.

Robert Rooney, Associate, Mason Hayes and Curran

The National Development Plan – Project Ireland 2040

  • 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?

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

Project and Infrastructure Finance

Ruairí Mac Cumhaill, Partner, Philip Lee

Construction Contracts, Costs & Risk Management

  • Managing Costs in a volatile marketplace
  • Control of risk once an issue arises on site
  • Legal issues - Cost and time
  • LAD’s
  • Controlling any crystallisation of risk - disputes on site - having methodology agreed with contractors

Finola McCarthy, Partner, Ronan Daly Jermyn

Labour - Staffing & Skill Shortage Solutions

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

David Ward, Managing Director of Ward Personnel

Public Procurement and Tendering Process -Highs, Lows and Pitfalls

  • 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

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

Panel Discussion – The Next 10 Years of the Irish Construction Industry


David Ward, Ward Personnel

Paul O’Neill, KPMG Corporate Finance

Kieran McQuinn, ESRI

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.


Martin Cooney
Partner and Head of Construction at Byrne Wallace
Kieran McQuinn
Research Professor, Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI)
Bruno Herbots
Head of Construction and Procurement at Herbots
David Ward
Managing Director of Ward Personnel
Paul O'Neill
Managing Director in KPMG’s Infrastructure & Government Advisory team
Ruairí Mac Cumhaill
Partner, Philip Lee
Finola McCarthy
Partner, RDJ Solicitors


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.