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The Construction Industry Federation (CIF)

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The Construction Industry Federation (CIF)

The CIF is the Irish construction industry’s representative body. It provides a broad range of services that assist members in navigating the political, business, economic and regulatory environment.

These services cross the full business spectrum and include Recruitment and Training, Legal and Industrial Relations Consultation and Advice; Health & Safety; Marketing and Industrial intelligence Reports; Engagement with Government, Statutory and other industry bodies, and regular updates on all issues affecting the construction industry.

All services are provided on a national and regional basis from offices in Dublin Cork and Galway.


The CIF key areas of focus are:

Developing thriving regions
Public Capital Spending Programmes
Recruitment and planning for future skills needs
Public Sector Procurement Contracts, Policies and Procedures
Improving access to finance for SMEs
Delivering ongoing training
Resolving payment disputes and facilitating debt recovery
Enhancing the reputation of the construction sector


CIF supports your business directly with information and expert advice on a range of construction specific issues:

Industrial Relations Problems/Employment/Legislation.
Contracts entered into between clients/main contractors/sub contractors
Payment Disputes/Debt recovery
Procurement and Pre-qualification
Planning and development issues
Site safety issues and safety management systems



CIF is a member-led organisation through its 34-member Executive Committee. CIF’s Branches and Associations appoint all members of the Executive Committee as well as other policy-groups. The Executive Committee directs a team of executives, subject matter experts and support staff in pursuing the objectives of the CIF’s committees, associations and branches.

Policy Committees

 The Executive Body works to find the best policy outcomes for the whole industry. To support its work, the Executive Body has a number of policy sub-committees where members work to prepare developed policy platforms for consideration by the Executive Body. Among the policy Committees, the following are particularly active:

Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Committee
Taxation, Investment and Public Spending Committee
Energy, Sustainability and Waste Management Committee
Finance and Working Capital Committee
Procurement, Tendering and Contractual Matters Committee



At national level, the CIF has a number of sectoral Associations that pursue the policy objectives of their sub-sector of the industry. The sectoral groups are divided into five main areas:

Master Builders and Contractors Association
Civil Engineering Contractors Association
Mechanical & Electrical Contractors Associations
Irish Home Builders Association
Alliance of Specialist Contractors Associations, the umbrella group for 22 specialist sub-contracting associations within the Federation.


Regional Branches

The CIF has 13 Branches within its regional structure with offices in Dublin, Cork and Galway. Branches across the country are very active in addressing local issues with clients/local authorities and State agencies at regional level. Branch meetings provide a forum for members to meet and to input to national policy issues and to be represented in national and sectoral policy development. Branches are available to address all local area matters on behalf of members, to provide networking opportunities and promote the use of CIF members within our four regions:

Dublin Region
Eastern Region
Southern Region
Western / Midland Region


Member Representation

CIF is the construction industry’s voice on all matters relating to the construction industry in Ireland. In relation to Health and Safety, CIF represents the views of contractors at the highest level on such bodies as the Health & Safety Authority, FAS and the Construction Safety Partnership. Members can feed their experiences and insights directly into these fora via the Federation’s Branch and Association structure, helping to shape the implementation of a practical, cost effective and successful industry-wide health and safety policy environment for Ireland’s construction industry.


Benefits of CIF Membership

If you have an issue, CIF’s expert support team can assist you in the vast majority of situations. Furthermore, our detailed knowledge of the economy and the investment market sectorally and regionally can support your marketing efforts through the provision of market intelligence and a range of networking opportunities.

A comprehensive range of training and business development programmes are available to ensure that your firm can assess high quality training inputs in safety and environmental requirements and business development.

Regular briefings on key policy development during the year are provided free to members on a regional basis.

The CIF publishes an annual Directory of Services and Register of Members as well as a regular member and industry magazine Construction. We circulate this widely to all clients on our client database. In addition, the CIF has specialist registers of members of CIRI, Safe-T-Cert, Heritage Contractors and firms on the Environmental Retrofit Register. These registers are also promoted to potential clients on behalf of members of the registers.

Many members receive substantial reductions in the cost of CIF membership by availing of a number of affinity programmes negotiated on behalf of members including:

More cost-effective insurance – EL/PL and contractors all risk through Affinity Cover.
Cheaper fixed line phone calls and broadband through the CIF’s Magnet Affinity Scheme.


Contact CIF

Construction House, Canal Road, Dublin 6, D06 C6T2
01 406 6000

4 Eastgate Ave., Little Isl., Cork, T45 YR13
(021) 435 1410

8 Montpellier Tce, The Crescent, Galway, H91 AC96
(091) 502 680

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