By BRegs Blog on 18th December 2014
Politicians asking questions about BC(A)R SI.9 | Summary
In the wake of Minister Alan Kelly’s statement that he intends to amend BC(A)R SI.9, in the following summary we list a selection of issues various politicians have tabled concerning the new building regulations.
Senator David Norris discussed the array of unintended consequences and lack of consumer protection during a Seanad Deabate on SI.105- see Senators ask Minister to Revoke SI.9 (2 of 4).
Senator Michelle Mulheirn asked questions concerning pyrite in blockwork in the home county of the Taoiseach in Mayo- see Dáil update | Pyrite in Mayo.
Stephen Donnelly TD in the Dáil asked why we have no independent inspections in the new system- Dáil: Why not an independent inspection system?.
Kevin Humphreys TD asked a number of departments and Ministers responsible if costs associated with SI.9 on capital expenditure been examined- see The Cost Impact of Building Control (Amendment) Regulation (SI.9 of 2014).
Barry Cowen TD raised the considerable cost to house-building form the new regulations- Minister urges draughtsmen to register for BC(A)R SI.9.
Eoghan Murphy TD came back to the lack of consumer protections under the new system- TD’s suggest independent local authority inspectorate: BC(A)R SI.9.
Senator Cait Keane as part of an Oireachtas committee warned of the problems of a self-certification- Fine Gael expert group opposed the introduction of new regulations.
Claire Daly TD continued to champion the cause of owners with pyrite affected homes- Dáil : Pyrite Remediation Programme: 10th June 2014.
Senator Paschal Mooney was responsible for tabling a Seanad Debate on the unintended ban on self-building which still is relevant today- Senator Paschal Mooney, Minister Hogan and Seanad debate.
Mick Wallace TD who knows the construction industry better than anyone in Leinster House warned that..
“… the major problem is that all along, the Construction Industry Federation and not the State appears to determine what is happening…The Minister’s system of assigned certifiers will crack up within the next couple of years”
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