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ByrneWallace LLP sponsors the CIF Annual Conference 2021

Friday, 24 September 2021

ByrneWallace LLP is delighted to sponsor the Construction Industry Federation (CIF) Annual Conference 2021 which takes place on Thursday, 30 September 2021 from 9am to 2.30pm (IST).

This virtual conference will bring together leaders from across the construction sector to learn about the latest policy updates, how to address the challenges facing this sector, and explore how industry and Government can work together to maximise opportunities arising from the recovery.

Key topics for discussion will include: 

  • The path forward for construction: Emerging stronger after Covid-19
  • Industry leaders’ insights on construction in a post-Covid world
  • Bringing innovation to the construction sector
  • Unlocking construction’s digital future
  • Planning reforms and our future planning system
  • Closing the construction skills gap: The need to address the skills challenge now
  • Reimagining our cities
  • Modern Methods of Construction: Big picture, big opportunities
  • Report on Review to Renew: Review of the National Development Plan
  • Enabling the government to deliver its infrastructure plans

Speakers include An Taoiseach Micheál Martin TD; Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Michael McGrath, TD; President, Construction Industry Federation, Frank Kelly;  Chairperson, An Bord Pleanála, Dave Walsh to name a few. 

Martin Cooney, ByrneWallace LLP Head of Construction will also join a panel of experts to discuss the Government’s National Development Plan, and address how we can ensure we have the capacity to deliver upon Project Ireland 2040 and support sustainable growth. 

Commenting on the conference, Martin Cooney said, “Over the last 18 months, the construction sector, like many other sectors in Ireland, has had to face major challenges, from site disruption to staff shortages and various lock downs. However, despite these obstacles, I believe the sector has coped well and shown itself to be more resilient than one might have expected. 

“As we move forward, technology and digitalisation will present a great opportunity to boost productivity across the sector and deliver a more sustainable built environment. The 2020 Programme for Government and Project Ireland 2040 has also identified significant plans for infrastructure spending. 

“It is an exciting time for the sector, and ByrneWallace LLP is delighted to have this opportunity to support this important conference and help facilitate discussions on topics which will help shape the future of the industry.”

Martin Cooney was recently appointed Head of the firm’s Infrastructure Construction and Energy (ICE) Group, which is one of the largest specialist practices in Ireland, providing innovative solutions and expert advice through every stage of the construction cycle, from project inception, procurement strategy, PFI/PPP project agreements, sustainable finance, project execution, project completion, building regulations, health and safety and the resolution of disputes. The Group combines the strength of the firm’s well-established expertise advising on Infrastructure & Projects, which is led by Fergal Ruane, Energy & Natural Resources, led by Gavin Blake, and Construction Law, led by Martin Cooney.  


In advance of the conference, some of our members of our Infrastructure, Construction and Energy Group - Fergal Ruane, Partner and Head of Projects and InfrastructureGavin Blake, Partner and Head of Energy and Natural Resources, and Deirdre Hennessy, Senior Associate, Construction – share their thoughts and insights on some of the key challenges affecting the construction sector. Click here to watch.

Partner and Head of Construction, Martin Cooney, also shares his insights in advance of speaking at the conference with the Business Post. Click here for the interview.

For more details on the CIF Conference, click here: