Phil Hogan TD to Minister Gormley on “premature” and “market distortion effects” of register in 2010

by Bregs Blog admin team

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In the context of Minister Phil Hogan’s statements in the Dail on 27th February 2014 urging underqualified draughtsmen to register as “competent professionals” to operate roles of certifiers under Building Control (Amendment) Regulation (SI.9 of 2014), we wondered if the Minister was adequately briefed on the register and the qualifications involved. Here is quote:

I assure Deputy Cowen that all of the nonsense on RTE this week is absolute misinformation to the extent that it is being claimed that the cost of building a house by direct labour in a rural area will increase by as much as €50,000. Additional compliance should cost between €1,000 and €3,000, depending on market forces and where the best deal can be secured. I encourage small business professionals, such as draughtsmen, to register with the professional bodies in order that they can act as assigned certifiers. I will careful monitor the position to ensure the regulations are implemented fairly.

Here is a previous Dail exchange from 4 years ago when Minister Hogan was in opposition. The Minister appeared concerned at the restrictive nature of the register and it’s premature introduction. One would think that 4 years is long enough for the issues associated with codification of professions under the new regulation to be worked out sufficiently to mitigate any adverse consequences. Instead the current situation has arisen: hundreds of highly qualified technically competent architectural practitioners excluded from the register are being impacted up on negatively and may find their current employment affected. Some interviewed in the media last week confirmed that they would in effect be made redundant after 1st March and the introduction of BC(A)R SI.9.

Link here:

http://debates.oireachtas.ie/dail/2010/02/18/00136.asp#N2

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extract:

Written Answers – Professional Bodies.

Thursday, 18 February 2010

178.  Deputy Phil Hogan asked the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government      if he is satisfied with the manner in which the Building Control Act 2007 has been implemented regarding the registration of non-Royal Institute of Architects in Ireland architects; if the new registration process will be fully completed before officially launching a register [900]of architects; his views on whether the premature launch of this register will have significant consumer choice or market distortion effects; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [8530/10]

Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government (Deputy John Gormley): Responsibility for implementation of the registration provisions of the Building Control Act 2007 in respect of architects, including the official register, is a matter for the Royal Institute of Architects in Ireland (RIAI), as registration body. I am currently examining a submission from the RIAI on all registration fees under the Act in respect of architects and I hope to reach a decision on that submission shortly. The ongoing implementation of the Act is kept under review by my Department.

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