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Realists are usually interested in 'things' - such as buildings, mechanics, equipment, tools, electronics etc. Their primary focus is dealing with these - as in building, fixing, operating or designing them. Involvement in these areas leads to high manual skills, or a fine aptitude for practical design - as found in the various forms of engineering.

Realists like to find practical solutions to problems using tools, technology and skilled work. Realists usually prefer to be active in their work environment, often do most of their work alone, and enjoy taking decisive action with a minimum amount of discussion and paperwork.

About CIF

About CIF

The Construction Industry Federation (CIF), is the national and regional representative body for construction industry employers (contractors) in Ireland. 

The industry in 2016 employs 137,000 people directly and in 2015 had an overall output of €13 Billion. 

CIF is recognised by Government, client and professional bodies as the representative body and voice of the construction industry and represents the views and interests of contractors in the sector.

Key areas where CIF lobby on behalf of members include:

  • Public capital spending programmes
  • Procurement contracts, policies and procedures
  • Legislation impacting on the construction industry and construction employers
  • Taxation policy
  • Employment and Industrial relations issues.
  • Health, Safety, Environmental and Quality issues
  • Issues of concern to specific groups of members - e.g. specialist sub contractors

CIF is a members based organisation and policy decisions are made by these member companies, through an Executive Body (Board) of 34 representatives appointed by each Branch and Association. All interests, both sectorally and regionally are represented in its decision making processes.

To support the operation of the CIF and provide expert advice to the Federation’s Committees, Associations and Branches, the CIF has a dedicated team of Executives and support staff who have specialist knowledge in construction matters . Offices are located in Dublin, Cork and Galway.

The CIF's objective to to develop the construction industry in Ireland into a strong industrial sector, making a positive contribution to the development of the Irish economy by ensuring the delivery world class infrastructure, to attract inward investment and to ensure a highly skilled workforce is available to meet this demand.

Graduates and craftspersons are employed directly by CIF members. 

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