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Tom Parlon, Director General, Construction Industry Federation

Before joining the CIF, Tom served as a TD for Laois – Offaly and as Minister for State at the Department of Finance from 2002 until 2007. As Minister he was responsible for the Office for Public Works (OPW).

From 1997 to 2001, Tom was President of the Irish Farmers Association (IFA), having previously held several other positions with the association.

David Conway, Chief Executive Officer

David Conway is Chief Executive Officer of Limerick Twenty Thirty DAC and charged with delivering the single largest programme of investment in real estate outside of Dublin. The Limerick native is former CEO of the National Sports Campus Development Authority. A former teacher, MBA graduate and Project Manager, David was previously involved with the developments and operations of Sports Facilities at the National Sports Campus including the National Aquatic Centre and National Indoor Arena, University of Limerick as their Sports Administrator; as Head of Sports at Dublin City University


James Benson, Director of Housing, Planning & Development, the CIF

JJames Benson is a qualified Engineer and Quantity Surveyor graduating from Waterford Institute of Technology and Dublin Institute of Technology respectively. James spent several years of his professional career surveying with building contractors before specializing in the field of passive fire protection before joining CIF.

 James offers support and advise to the members, liaison with local authorities and is developing a field of expertise within building regulations and planning services for members.

 He also services the following regional branches of the CIF – Kildare, Kilkenny/ Carlow, North East, Wicklow/ North Wexford

Frank Kelly, President, Construction Industry Federation

Walls Construction is a top 10 building contractor with a turnover in excess of €250m. Frank is a past president of the MBCA, chair of the CIF Safety Health and Welfare committee and Senior Vice President CIF. He brings over 25 years industry experience operating across a broad range of the industry sectors including commercial, healthcare, education, industrial, retail, conservation and tourism/leisure, Frank has been responsible for the delivery of some notable projects – the Westin Hotel Westmorland Street, Trinity Biosciences and school of medicine Pearse Street and the new Central Bank headquarters on North wall Quay.


Michael Joyce CIF Mid-West Branch Chairman 

Managing Director of MP Joyce Contracting Ltd Michael Joyce began his career in construction as a site engineer in the early 80s with Moy Contractors – a leading main contracting company in both Galway and Limerick.

He later joined Henry Connolly Builder Ltd as a surveyor and contracts manager. He became a full member of the Chartered Institute of Building in 1990, in which he served as treasurer and chairman of the Western Centre.

In 1993 Michael set up his own contracting company, where he now manages on and off site commercial, industrial and residential projects in the Mid-West Region. As Chairman of the CIF Mid West Branch Michael works with Mid-Western members and stakeholders to ensure maximum investment in infrastructure in the r


Gordon Kearney, Managing Director of Rooney Auctioneers (Limerick) Ltd

Rooney Auctioneers was established over 50 years ago and is one of the MidWest’s leading estate agents and property consultants. Gordon, a Chartered Surveyor and a RICS Registered Valuer has 30 years’ experience in the property industry.

He is a member of the Society of Chartered Surveyors (SCSI) and the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). Gordon is also a Registered Valuer with the RICS He is a past chairman of the Munster IAVI Council (Irish Auctioneers & Valuers Institute) and is also a past President of Limerick Chamber of Commerce.

Specialising in all aspects of commercial property Gordon has been involved in the sale of numerous land banks; hotels; pubs; offices; retail units & industrial units in the greater Mid-West region.

Gordon provides valuation services to all main lending institutions and various local authorities and state bodies. He has also previously acted as a valuation reviewer for NAMA (National Asset Management Agency