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by Bregs Blog admin team


Dont forget: in celebration of our upcoming milestone of 50,000 views we are currently running short quiz (thanks to Deirdre Ni Fhloinn for idea!). Here we have an extract from a Law Reform Commission working paper. It has details of a proposal for compulsory registration of Irish building contractors: can you guess the year that this paper dates from? Spot-prize for winner. Extract :

Details of the scheme have not yet been worked out but its main features have been described by a statement from the Government Information Services in the following language:

“Broadly, the agreed scheme provides for the establishment of a body by the Construction Industry Federation for a registration of house builders who are competent, technically and financially, to undertake house building. The purchaser of a house built by a registered house builder will receive a six year guarantee from the builder, which will be backed by the registering body. Every guaranteed house will be inspected by technical officers of the Department of Local Government (or, where appropriate, of Roinn na Gaeltachta) on at least three occasions (foundation, roofing and completion stages) and registered builders will be required to remedy any structural defects then observed. If a builder fails to remedy the defects, his name may be removed from the register and the purchaser will be compensated. A system of conciliation and arbitration will be established to resolve any disputes arising under the scheme. Two observers from the Department of Local Government will attend meetings of the guaranteeing body and the expenses of that body will be met by a small levy (about 1/4 of 1% of the purchase price of the guaranteed house). It is intended to enable builders who are not members of the Federation to be associated with the guarantee scheme.”

(hint: it was the same year the sex pistols were dropped by EMI, SO NOT 2011…)

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