United Left Alliance TDs Richard Boyd Barrett, Clare Daly and Mick Wallace with Independent TDs Shane Ross, Catherine Murphy and Mattie McGrath (Photo: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland)
Numerous TD’s have noted the unsuitability and defects of SI.9 in the Dáil. From an informed construction background, Mick Wallace TD brought forward a Dáil debate to highlight the situation of Architectural Technologists, excluded from registers of competent persons under the new regulation in June. In a message to the many contributions received in advance Deputy wallace noted :
“Rather than make many of the strong technical points, which I believe have long been thrown the Minister’s way, I thought it better to focus more on the realities on the ground, the need for common sense to prevail, and the need for the Minister to get real and stop just taking the word of some people with a vested interest in the alternative.”
Read more here: Mick Wallace message to Architectural Technologists
Mick Wallace in the Dáil in 1st July 20-14 :
“The Minister’s system of assigned certifiers will crack up within the next couple of years. He should not ask me how they will deal with the insurance implications arising from trying to stand over absolutely everything without on-site checks. Does the Minister honestly believe the architect will employ someone to be on site continuously to check that things are done right? “
Read post here: Mick Wallace: Building Control needs Strengthening
As to why nothing appears to be happening in response to the widespread call to revoke SI.9, Independent TD Catherine Murphy recently spoke of the intensive lobbying by vested interests in the construction sector.
Catherine Murphy TD- Registration of Lobbying Bill- Quote
“As a public representative at both local and national level, this is the second time I have experienced a crash in the construction sector. We are moving back into construction without having repaired the problems or addressed the issues involved. We are starting the process again. The Government just has a short time left in office and the important changes that should have been made before construction started again have not been made.
…This is a small country and we are all aware of the informal lobbying that takes place, whether in the Galway tent, on golf courses or wherever else“
See Dáil Debate here.
These are just an extract off the numerous Dail exchanges regarding SI.9, teh construction industry, lobbying and its unintended consequences.
Hard to believe there are any tracks left!
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