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Better working conditions are essential if the construction industry is to improve, said chairman of Rethinking Construction Alan Crane. He was launching a new report Respect for People - A Framework for Action.

Consultant Halcrow has opened up a new office in the Latvian capital Riga to take advantages of new opportunities in Eastern Europe.

Dublin City Council is to fastrack flood defence plans to prevent repeat flooding of the River Dodder which flows into the mouth of the River Liffey.

Severe flooding last February submerged suburbs near the river and threatened to deluge the city centre, due to a combination of an unusual sea surge, high tides and low air pressure. Replacement of a 400m section of river wall with sheet piling, is expected to begin early next year.

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