Calls for a Building Regulator

From the Irish Times Online Edition (21 June 2017)

“Deirdre Ní Fhloinn, a housing regulation expert, lawyer and author of the motion, said a suitable model was operating successfully in Australia. A building regulator could join up the work of 31 building control authorities in Ireland and all building inspectors, she said – at present, the number of convictions for building defects was unknown.

A structure similar to the Food Safety Authority of Ireland would provide “credible enforcement”, she said. The new fire regulations on dwellings were welcome, but “lacked substance without enforcement”, Ms Ní Fhloinn added.

The economic case for a regulator was clear as the State was pay “tens of millions” in rectifying defective buildings.”

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