RIAI Update | What happened at EGM

by Bregs Blog admin team


On 5th November 2014 the President of the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland (RIAI), Robin Mandal, emailed members with a record of the votes taken at the EGM held the previous evening. Bregs Blog note shown [ ]. Extract:


I want to update members who were unable to attend last night’s EGM, which was attended by 340 Institute members, at the Alexander Hotel on the outcome of the motions considered at the meeting.

The three Resolutions put to members were as follows:


“For the reasons outlined above and in the interests of the Registered Members, the consumer and the wider construction industry, we the Registered Members, call for the RIAI Council to adopt as their first priority a policy to seek publicly the revocation of the Building Control (Amendment) Regulations: S.I.9 of 2014 and its replacement by a system which better protects the consumer and to actively reach out to other groups to seek support for that policy.”

Decision: defeated by 165 to 102 votes.


“That the registered members endorse and confirm their support for the decision of the

Council made at the July 2014 Council Meeting to develop a working document on Building

Control that would propose amendments to S.I.9 of 2014 and constructively engage with

stakeholders in order to realise the best interests of the profession for the long term”.

Decision: Carried by a three to one majority (through a show of hands).


“In response to the housing crisis and to ensure that the planned house building programme will provide well-built and sustainable homes under a cost-effective Building Control system, we request the Minister for the Environment, Community & Local Government Mr. Alan Kelly TD:

  • to bring forward the review of the Building Control (Amendment) Regulations S.I.9 that is planned for 2015;
  • to undertake a full Regulatory Impact Analysis of the Building Control (Amendment) Regulations;
  • to review the limitations on self-building that is a constraint on housing supply under the Building Control (Amendment) Regulations.”

Decision: Defeated by a four to one majority (through a show of hands).

On behalf of Council I welcome the Members’ endorsement of Council’s strategy and work programme and will continue to keep the membership informed of progress on these important matters.

[BRegs Blog Admin Team Note: The following item was in the email but was not mentioned during the EGM]

I also wish to advise members that the following Council members – who had proposed Ordinary Resolution 3 referred to above – resigned a few hours in advance of the meeting: Caomhan Murphy, Deirdre Lennon, Orla Hegarty, Joan O’Connor, Vivian Cummins and Eoin O Cofaigh. I also regret the recent resignation of Darren Bergin from Council.

I am disappointed that the Council members have decided to resign but respect their decision to do so given their views are divergent from the majority of Council and other members of the Institute as resolved at last night’s EGM. Notwithstanding the six resignations yesterday, 17 Council members remain and under the bye laws will continue to oversee the direction of the Institute as mandated by the majority of members.

I would also feel it important to address some misleading claims of mismanagement of membership finances, corporate governance issues and lack of inclusion of diverse views which were represented in the media this morning.

Contrary to the claim that there is a “recurring and increasing deficit” I would like to reassure all members that the finances of the Institute remain robust with reserves of €2.9 million. While there has been a deficit in recent years, as previously communicated to members, this relates to a strategic decision to invest in the delivery of services in the interests of members and to subvent annual charges.

As President of the RIAI for almost a year I am impressed by the day-to-day management of the Institute and am confident that the corporate governance measures in place are appropriate. However, to ensure governance structures are in line with best practice I have established a review task force which has been reporting to Council. Following its initial phase it will now commence engaging with members. I look forward to sharing any recommendations that this group arrives at once its work is completed.

I would also like to reiterate that I have promoted full and open debate on a broad range of issues at all meetings of the Institute including last night’s EGM and look forward to ensuring that all views can be accommodated while balancing the interests of the majority.

If any member has any queries on any of the issues referred to above, or indeed on any matter relating to the Institute or the profession, I would happy to discuss this with you. You can email me at president@riai.ie

With kind regards

Robin Mandal

RIAI President”

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RIAI EGM | Tuesday 4th November 2014

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RIAI AGM – Topics of Interest 

A Profession Divided? Reflections on an RIAI EGM 

Opinion: “the architectural profession is largely united in opposition to S.I.9″

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SI.9 Is Defective | RIAI EGM Consensus 

News Alert | RIAI EGM Report