20th January 2021 – Irish Construction Webinar

Lockdown in Ireland 2021 – What You Need to Know

On 6th January 2021, the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage announced that construction in Ireland would once again close down. The aim being to address and reduce the impact of the latest outbreak of Coronavirus COVID-19.

The likelihood is that this shutdown will have an impact upon costs and time. The impact is likely for projects already underway in Ireland, as well as those scheduled to start in the coming weeks.

Decipher joined expert speakers and the Construction Industry Federation to discuss the outlook for the sector. The team looked at practical tips to minimise risk. They also discussed how to deal with any disputes that might arise and understand the implications of the latest lockdown for construction.


Bill Bordill MCIOB, Director: Decipher Consulting: Bill heads the Quantum expert team at Decipher. He has over 30 years’ experience in construction, including many years specialising in disputes and claims.

Martin Cooney, Partner, Byrne Wallace: Martin is a partner and Head of the ByrneWallace LLP Construction Law team. Martin advises on all aspects of construction law including both contentious and non-contentious matters.  A skilled litigator, Martin has expertise in various forms of dispute resolution. He is also experienced in traditional litigation having represented clients at all court levels.

Niav O’Higgins, Partner, Arthur Cox: Niav is a leading Irish construction lawyer with over 25 years experience in this area. She heads up the Construction & Engineering Group at Arthur Cox. Her breadth of experience, across a range of industry sectors, gives Niav real understanding of the imperatives driving the players. She also provides solution-driven advice on dispute resolution, where she has experience of adjudication, conciliation, mediation and arbitration. Niav also advises on matters of health and safety, particularly as it affects construction.

Shane Dempsey, Head of Communications, The CIF:Shane and his team are responsible for devising and delivering external and internal communications strategies on behalf of the CIF. Shane is also responsible for the development and management of media relations, media engagement strategies, public affairs, government affairs and stakeholder engagement.

Mark McGreevy, COO, Sisk Group: Mark is Chief Operations Officer for the Services business including, Sisk Living, Sensori, Vision Built, and strategic projects. He is also Commercial Director, for the Group. Mark has responsibility for the planning and execution of Sisk’s wide commercial strategy. He is a member of the executive management team and oversees the supply chain function.

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