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ByrneWallace supports the launch of the Women in Construction Network

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

ByrneWallace is pleased to support the Construction Industry Federation’s second Women in Construction Network event taking place on Tuesday 26 September. 

The event #BuildingEquality marks the official launch of the Construction Industry Federation’s (CIF) first Women in Construction Network.  The objective of the network is to increase the number of women working in the construction industry.  A recent report by the CIF showed that the industry needed an additional 112,000 employees to deliver housing and infrastructure the Irish economy and society requires.  

This event follows on from the first CIF Women in Construction Seminar held on 8 March to mark International Women’s Day. Over 100 senior leaders attended this briefing and heard from a panel of speakers, which included ByrneWallace Construction lawyer Deirdre Hennessy, address the issue of increasing female participation in construction.  The very clear message from this event was that the CIF should expand its leadership role in promoting gender equality within the construction industry. 

Commenting on the launch of the network, CIF Director, Industrial Relations, Jean Winters, said, “With so many women in key roles in construction, I believe we can really bring about a positive change in this industry.  Increasing diversity and gender equality is not just the right thing to do; in our industry, we face significant skills shortages in light of the huge amount of construction activity in the pipeline and recruiting more women into industry is critical.”

Other speakers joining Jean Winters at the event #BuildingEquality included Michelle Cullen, Managing Director of Accenture; Mark Mellett, Chief-of-Staff, Vice Admiral Irish Defence Forces; Anne Dooley, Group Projects Director, Winthrop;  Nikki Gallagher, Communication Director, SOLAS;  and CIF President Dominic Doheny. 

For further details on the event and the Women in Construction Network, click here or visit