New figures from the Central Statistics Office show that the volume of output in building and construction activity increased by 4.1% in the second quarter of 2014 compared to the previous three month period. 

The CSO said this reflected increases of 9.3% and 4.7% in civil engineering and non-residential building respectively.

However, the volume of residential building fell by 1.9% in the three month period. The CSO said that due to the unprecedented low base this series is starting from, it will continue to monitor the quality and comparability of the data.

On an annual basis, the volume of output in building and construction increased by 10.1% in the second quarter of 2014, the CSO said. 

The non-residential and civil engineering sectors saw year-on-year increases of 23.4% and 8.5% respectively, while residential building activity slowed by 8.8% in the year to the end of June.