Minister for Construction | Take 6 (No 600)

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 Minister for State with responsibility for Housing, Planning and the Coordination of the Construction 2020 Strategy, Paudie Coffey T.D.

The BRegs Blog Admin. Team is happy to echo the comments of the Construction Industry Federation (CIF) President, Philip Crampton, in welcoming, Minister Paudie Coffey T.D. as a dedicated “Minister for Construction” at the CIF conference yesterday. It is clear to all observers that a recovery of the construction sector is crucial in dealing with the economy, unemployment and the housing crisis in Ireland.

In this our 600th post we are focusing on positive suggestions to assist the Minister in aiding that recovery. Our solution for S.I. 9 has always been about “introducing independent inspections” which we believe will be the basis for any solution. As a recap here is a  ‘Take Six’ of the positive posts we have published on this issue.

 ‘Take Six’

1. How to have a simpler and more practical workable solution for S.I. 9

2. How to lower the cost of building houses:

3. How to reduce the cost of S.I. 9 on the residential sector: 

4. How to stop the cowboys ‘getting around’ S.I. 9: 

5. How to develop a solution that will work for us in Ireland: 

6. How to get the housing market moving quickly: 

Watch this space!

Some members of the BRegs Blog Team are currently working on a new funding model to examine how existing Local Authority charges in relation to operating a system of Building Control could be streamlined and reduced. This is in response to an updated World Bank Report 2015 to  be published 29 October 2014. There are concerns that Ireland (down at 115th of 189 countries, UK is up at 27th) for a typical industrial unit will slip even further when S.I.9 delays are factored in: Link to Report 

Watch this space for an upcoming blog post to assist Foreign Direct Investment in Ireland in the construction industry.

Recent media coverage / links:

IRISH TIMES REPORT: LINK

IRISH INDEPENDENT REPORT: LINK

RTE REPORT: LINK

CIF REPORT: LINK

Other posts of interest:

World Bank Rankings, Ireland & SI.9 – Look Back 1

A ‘perfect storm’ for housing?

Commencement Notices | 6 months after S.I. 9

‘Recovery’ is Still Worse than the 1980s Crisis

CSO: (Q1 2014) planning permissions for dwellings -30% drop

Minister Hogan rejects Irish Times Article

Irish Times: Dramatic fall in number of buildings being started

0 thoughts on “Minister for Construction | Take 6 (No 600)

  1. Michael O'Neill

    You can be as positive as you like, but these ill-conceived regulations are worse than useless – they are dangerous.

    1. They give the public a false impression that something has been done to call the likely perpetrators of non-compliant built work to account in the future when in fact their accountability has lessened under the regulations.

    2. They place unsustainable and IMO unjustifiable liability on one person -the assigned Certifier – on pain of criminal prosecution, a hefty fine and a possible prison term.

    3 They allow the historical perpetrators – rogue clients and rogue builders – to stand behind the Assigned Certifier – a Straw Man who gets sued before anyone else and who will be beggared by the first “hit” taken on a big project.

    4. They absolve utterly the local authority from its role of being an accountable body to the electorate in terms of ensure that the standing architecture, utilities,civic spaces and infrastructure that support our society is delivered in a form that is compliant and fit for purpose.

    So you can spin this any way you want but get this guy working on solutions to these problems.

    We don’t need more croneyism and back-slapping leading to nonsensical and unworkable regulations which deliver nothing to either the professionals of the public in terms of delivering compliant buildings and works.

    We need a Minster who will take the mess left by Phil Hogan by the scruff of the neck and sort it out, not a glad-hander who will wander around function after function smiling and spewing platitudes and do nothing to improve the situation.

    Reply
  2. Michael O'Neill

    You can be as positive as you like, but these ill-conceived regulations are worse than useless – they are dangerous.

    1. They give the public a false impression that something has been done to call the likely perpetrators of non-compliant built work to account in the future when in fact their accountability has lessened under the regulations.

    2. They place unsustainable and IMO unjustifiable liability on one person -the assigned Certifier – on pain of criminal prosecution, a hefty fine and a possible prison term.

    3 They allow the historical perpetrators – rogue clients and rogue builders – to stand behind the Assigned Certifier – a Straw Man who gets sued before anyone else and who will be beggared by the first “hit” taken on a big project.

    4. They absolve utterly the local authority from its role of being an accountable body to the electorate in terms of ensure that the standing architecture, utilities,civic spaces and infrastructure that support our society is delivered in a form that is compliant and fit for purpose.

    So you can spin this any way you want but get this guy working on solutions to these problems.

    We don’t need more croneyism and back-slapping leading to nonsensical and unworkable regulations which deliver nothing to either the professionals of the public in terms of delivering compliant buildings and works.

    We need a Minster who will take the mess left by Phil Hogan by the scruff of the neck and sort it out, not a glad-hander who will wander around function after function smiling and spewing platitudes and do nothing to improve the situation.

    Reply

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