Anthony Neville appointed Chairman of the Irish Home Builders Association (IHBA)

(Regional Press Release)

Wexford man Anthony Neville has been elected Chairman of the Irish Home Builders Association (IHBA.)   Mr Neville was appointed following a unanimous agreement at the IHBA AGM on 16th May at Construction Industry Federation HQ in Dublin.

Mr Neville served as IHBA Vice-chairman under the outgoing Chairman, Hugh O’Neill, for the past two years, and has now been elected Chairman for 2017 and 2018.  As a member of the CIF South Eastern Branch, Anthony has a unique understanding of the issues facing homebuilders in both provincial and urban areas.

“I am a provincial house builder who also works in Dublin, so I am in a good position to represent our members across Ireland and I am deeply aware of the varying issues facing members working in these areas,” Anthony Neville said. “Overall however, the cost of building is a major issue across the board and is having a huge effect on our members’ ability to deliver much needed homes.  We have seen in some areas of provincial Ireland that house building has recommenced again.  This is only in areas where the sales price of houses has exceeded the construction costs, therefore creating a margin that makes it viable for the homebuilders to secure finance from their financial institutions and build much required homes.”

“We, at Anthony Neville Homes, have been lucky over the last number of years to have had exposure to the greater Dublin area on our sites in Maynooth, Kinsealy and Saggart, where we have seen continuous demand for our product.  However, over the last 12 months we have noticed the increase in demand spreading down through Wicklow to our site at Baltinglass and hopefully we will be recommencing construction at one of our Enniscorthy sites in Co. Wexford.  Members of the IHBA have experienced increased demand in places such as Gorey, Kilkenny, Portlaoise and Tullamore, so whilst the recovery is taking a lot longer than we had hoped, it is spreading gradually further away from Dublin.”

“I am extremely proud to be voted by my peers to hold the honourable position of Chairman of the IHBA.  Indeed it is a very exciting and busy time to be Chairman, as our engagement with the Government, Financiers and Training & Education providers is at an all time high.  Several members of the IHBA, together with the Director of CIF for Housing, Mr. Hubert Fitzpatrick, are working tirelessly with the CIC Technical Housing Group, to identify excess costs relating to the delivery of homes and streamlining processes with regard to planning, regulations and finance.  We also work on a number of other committees, the Rebuilding Ireland Oversight Group chaired by the Minister, the BCMS Project Board, the Unfinished Housing Developments Committee and more.

“My immediate short term goal is to re-engage the homebuilders of Ireland with the IHBA/CIF, as after the downturn faced from 2008, keeping up to date with the IHBA, and their membership of same was, I believe, one of the furthermost thoughts in the heads of many of our members, as survival was the key for the first 5-6 years of the deeply felt recession.  However, we do believe that there is light at the end of the tunnel now and we will need to work together as a group to tackle the very many and sizeable challenges and obstacles that are in our way in order to return to producing the required number of housing units per year”.