Fine Gael Report opposed new building regulations- 2013

by Bregs Blog admin team

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Pictured Paudie Coffey TD, new Junior Minister for Housing

As a follow up to a recent post noting Fine Gael’s expert committe opposition to SI.9 (see link here), we table more background information on this. The official 57 page report was submitted in July 2013 on the registration of the title of architect under the new regulations. There is no mention of Senator Cáit Keane’s early warning to Taoiseach Enda Kenny on the defects in the new building regulations, subsequently introduced by former Minister Phil Hogan in March 2014. Download report here (link)

PDF of report here: Report-on-the-Title-of-Architect-2

Minister Phil Hogan’s answer in the report to concerns raised by the Committee:

I am satisfied that the reforms proposed including the lodgement of drawings, inspection by registered professionals and statutory certification will result in the necessary improvement in the quality of buildings ….

The merits of a designer overseeing the implementation of their design cannot be overlooked…. Enforcement powers under the Building Control Acts 1990 to 2007 continue to be vested in the local building control authorities and it is here that independence is called for and in place.

Former Minister Hogan’s answer on 28th February 2013 to Clare Daly (referred to in Report) in full can be seen here (Link:)

I am satisfied that the reforms proposed including the lodgement of drawings, inspection by registered professionals and statutory certification will result in the necessary improvement in the quality of buildings and ensure that homeowners in particular are delivered the quality of homes they expect and deserve.

It is not clear what useful purpose would be served by imposing a requirement for independent design, construction and certification along the lines suggested. The merits of a designer overseeing the implementation of their design cannot be overlooked. Neither is there any intention to constrain the capacity of all-in service delivery models in key sectors of the industry. Enforcement powers under the Building Control Acts 1990 to 2007 continue to be vested in the local building control authorities and it is here that independence is called for and in place

We note, on the last page of the report, that Fine Gael members of the expert committee include the newly appointed Minister for Housing includes Paudie Coffey TD, new Junior Minister for Housing.

We wonder have any representative key stakeholders made any formal representations to the new Minister for Housing on the problems associated with SI.9 since implementation?

The new Minister for Housing may be in a position to influence matters now in his new role.

Here is a list of members of the Committee:

Appendix 3. MEMBERS OF COMMITTEE

  • Mr James Bannon TD (Fine Gael)
  • Mr Paudie Coffey TD (Fine Gael)
  • Mr Noel Coonan (Fine Gael) Leas-Chathaoirleach
  • Ms Marcella Corcoran Kennedy TD (Fine Gael)
  • Mr Barry Cowen TD (Fianna Fáil)
  • Mr Luke Flanagan TD (Independent)
  • Mr Kevin Humphreys TD (Labour)
  • Mr Michael Mc Carthy TD (Labour) Cathaoirleach
  • Mr Tony Mc Loughlin TD (Fine Gael)
  • Ms Michelle Mulherin TD (Fine Gael)
  • Ms Catherine Murphy TD (Independent)
  • Mr Gerald Nash TD (Labour)
  • An t-Uasal Seán Ó Fearghaíl TD (Fianna Fáil)
  • Mr Brian Stanley TD (Sinn Féin)
  • An t-Uasal Peadar Tóibín TD (Sinn Féin)
  • Senator Cáit Keane (Fine Gael)
  • Senator Denis Landy (Labour)
  • An Seanadóir Fiach Mac Conghail (Neamhspleách)
  • Senator Catherine Noone (Fine Gael)
  • An Seanadóir Labhrás Ó Murchú (Fianna Fáil)
  • Senator Ned O’Sullivan (Fianna Fáil)
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