Irish Times: Government job creation plans: “year of jobs”?- BC(A)R SI.9

by Bregs Blog admin team


In the following article from the Irish Times on Thursday 27th February 2014 the government launched a new annual action plan for jobs for 2014.

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Mr Kenny said the figures bolstered his Government’s aim to create 330,000 new jobs in the Irish economy by 2020. We wonder has the negative impact of the Building Control (Amendment) Regulation (SI.9 of 2014) been factored into these figures. Industry estimates by 2020 the cost of si.9 could be €3bn, the equivalent to 30,000 jobs. Key stakeholders in the industry have been repeatedly calling for deferral of BC(A)R SI.9. In a recent letter to Minister Bruton the representative body for architects (RIAI) wrote stating current RIAI policy for deferral and highlighting issues such as industry readiness, resources in local authorities and unintended consequences as a result of the premature introduction of the regulation. This follows a similar request in January 2014 made to Minister Hogan.

There has been widespread unrest around the country regarding the adverse effects and costs of SI.9 on the industry and consumers, particularly from self-builders and other technically qualified professions excluded from newly formed professional registers; many who consider they will be made redundant by the new regulation. The negative effects of SI.9 on capital projects, foreign direct investment projects, Ireland’s competitiveness and World Bank rankings may well all be exacerbated by the introduction of Building Control (Amendment) Regulation (SI.9 of 2014).