While on PMIs, let's update Construction PMIs too, to cover September 2013 data. Manufacturing and Services October PMIs are covered here: http://trueeconomics.blogspot.ie/2013/11/11112013-services-and-manufacturing.html
In September, Overall Construction Sector PMI for Ireland rose to 55.7 which is the first reading above 50.0 (and it is statistically significantly different from 50.0) since January 2009.
The rise was broadly anchored, with Housing sub-index up at 59.5, marking the third consecutive month of above 50.0 readings (although previous two months were not statistically distinct from 50.0). Commercial activity sub-index also posted a rise to 56.1, marking the second consecutive month of above 50.0 readings. However, Civil Engineering sub-index remained below 50 at 47.3, although the pace of declines in activity has eased somewhat from 41.0 in August.