The volume of output in the construction sector rose by 11.2% in the last three months of 2014 when compared with the same period of 2013, according to the Central Statistics Office.

The value of the industry’s production was 6.6% higher year-on-year, the figures show.

The annual increase is largely due to a sharp increase in the volume of residential building work, which rose 35.8% over the twelve month period.

The volume of non-residential work was 5.5% lower year-on-year, while civil engineering work fell by 2.9% in the period.

On a quarterly basis, the volume of output in the construction sector was 3.6% higher when compared to the three months to September.

Following the annual trend, output volumes in the civil engineering and non-residential areas of the sector were down, falling 3% and 0.6% respectively during the three months.