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Construction and Energy Law Update: 2013 Highlights

11 March 2014

In December 2013, the Construction Industry Federation announced that the Irish construction sector is officially in recovery, after the latest Central Statistics Office report on construction activity recorded the 5th consecutive quarterly increase in the volume of construction activity. The report showed that the volume of construction activity had increased by 15.5% since the same period in 2012.

During 2013 we noticed an increase in activity and confidence among our clients and an increase in foreign direct investment. The outlook for activity in the construction sector is positive for 2014.

Highlights for 2013 included:

  • Construction Contracts Act 2013
  • The Pyrite Resolution Act 2013
  • Wind Farm Planning Guidelines

Construction Contracts Act 2013

The Construction Contracts Act 2013 (the “Act”) was enacted on 29 July 2013 after first being initiated in 2010. The Act applies in relation to construction contracts entered into after such day as the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform may by order appoint. Such an order has not yet been made.…

The Pyrite Resolution Act 2013

The Pyrite Resolution Act 2013 (the "Act") provides for the establishment of the Pyrite Resolution Board (the “Board”) and the arrangements for the operation of a pyrite remediation scheme. There are currently around 1,000 dwellings in the country requiring immediate remediation due to pyritic heave. While…

Wind Farm Planning Guidelines

Details of the revisions proposed to the 2006 Wind Energy Development Guidelines (the “Guidelines”) were published on 11 December 2013 by the Department of the Environment. A public consultation process on the revisions was announced with public submissions to be made before 21 February 2014. As part of the…