The construction industry's output continued to rise during the third quarter, according to new figures from the Central Statistics Office, but house building had little to do with that increase. 

Today's CSO figures show that the volume of the industry's output rose by 1.7% in the three months to the end of September, while the value of that output was up 5%. 

However almost all of that rise was due to increased civil engineering work, with output in that sector growing by 18.1%. 

Residential output actually decreased by 0.2% in the three month period under review. 

On an annual basis, the industry's volume output was up 12%, while values rose by almost 20%, the CSO added.

Breaking down the sectors, the CSO said that output volumes increased in civil engineering by 27.3% on an annual basis, while they rose by 17.9% in non-residential building work and increased by 7.8% in residential building.