Episode 43: Industry Spotlight On CIS Ireland: Ireland’s leading provider of business intelligence to the Construction and Allied Industries

todayOctober 10, 2022


Episode 43: Industry Spotlight On CIS Ireland: Ireland’s leading provider of business intelligence to the Construction and Allied Industries

Ireland’s favourite TV Builder, Peter Finn, talks to Scott Delaney of CIS Ireland about the state of the construction industry in Ireland plus he shines a spotlight on the work of CIS Ireland.

They discuss how COVID-19 has changed the landscape of the construction industry. Scott also hones in on the huge challenge of material costs. Learn his insights from his industry researcher’s perspective.


Construction Information Services (CIS) is Ireland’s leading provider of business intelligence to the Construction and Allied Industries.

Founded in 1972, CIS provides comprehensive, researched, verified and real-time information on all building projects throughout Ireland – North and South.

CIS Ireland essentially tracks and monitors all major, minor and self-build projects in Ireland from early planning right up to completion. Their customers are able to search, and track when opportunities are on these projects.

It is possible to search using very specific search filters to ensure pinpoint results are brought back to you.

About Scott Delaney

Constructive Voices Scott Delaney CISScott joined CIS in August 2006 after studying Business and Entrepreneurship at the Institute of Art, Design, and Technology (IADT). Scott has worked as a junior researcher, senior researcher, assistant editor, and was appointed Research Manager in 2017.

Scott has extensive knowledge of the planning, procurement, and construction cycles. Scott has worked on many bespoke sector reports as CIS and has developed strong business relationships with many key industrial professionals in the construction sector.

About Construction Information Services (CIS) Ireland

Celebrating 50 Years as Leaders in Irish Construction

Construction Information Services (CIS) is commemorating its 50th year since its establishment in 1972. Since then, it has cemented itself as a cornerstone of the construction and related industries, delivering comprehensive, well-researched, timely, and verified business opportunities and intelligence. CIS hopes to initiate a new era of growth throughout the year to honour its past achievements and to share with its members the milestones and challenges of the last 50 years while looking forward to future opportunities for many years to come.

First edition

The inaugural edition of the CIS Report was released on May 19th 1972, a date that the company’s founder, the Late Paddy Hayes, had etched into his memory. Paddy, who was 26 at the time, worked for Haden Young Limited, a mechanical and electrical engineering firm, and part of his job required him to check the planning files in the Planning Office regularly for potential business opportunities.

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He realized the business potential of this information while writing the report and created an initial sample report, printed 20 copies, and approached 20 organizations, 16 of which purchased the Report on a three-month subscription for just IR£19. John Paul Construction Limited, based in Windy Arbour, Dublin, was the first customer of the CIS Report, and they are still a cherished customer today.

“John Paul Construction are members of CIS since its foundation in 1972 and continues to use the CIS System as the Industry leading source of reliable and quality information. Our long relationship is testament to CIS for their continued innovation and excellent quality of service.”

John Paul Construction Associate Director, Liam Casey


CIS has encountered a variety of industry and economic adversities in addition to changes in ownership during its 50-year journey in an ever-changing industry. It weathered several big economic downturns in the 1980s and 1990s, however, was the well-known financial and economic catastrophe that brought the construction industry to its knees, in the period 2008 to 2013.

A resilient CIS withstood, despite losing 63% of its revenues, thanks to a change in business model, the use of technological means of gathering and processing data, and embracing the internet to create an online platform for its customers to access real-time construction information.

Today, CIS is an online service providing real-time advance information on the activity across all construction sectors on an All-Ireland basis! You can read the full story about CIS Ireland here.

Written by: Jackie De Burca

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