Committee of Inquiry into the Banking Crisis | Tom Parlon


20 August 2015

In this part extract from the Oireachtas Joint and Select Committee of Inquiry into the Banking Crisis (Nexus phase), Wednesday, 13 May 2015, the Construction Industry Federation representatives Mr. Liam Kelleher and Mr. Tom Parlon are interviewed. See full interview here. In the following extract the cost of remediation of defective buildings in NAMA is discussed.

Mr Parlon notes under the new Building Control Regulations BC(A)R SI.9 that the Assigned Certifier will be the single point of responsibility for any building defects.

The onerous levels of liability for professionals undertaking new Certifier roles was not subject to the current Ministerial annual review, and many in the industry and the legal profession have been critical of the single-point responsibility for defects in the new roles. Extract:

Sean Barrett (Independent)

Thank you very much and welcome to our visitors this morning. The chairman of NAMA, when he was here on 22 April, he said that an unexpected cost toNAMA was incurred due to the remedial works that had to be carried out as a result of the poor construction with many of the building projects that went into NAMA. Does the federation have anything to do with that particular problem?

Mr. Tom Parlon:

Are you addressing—–

Sean Barrett (Independent)

I think it was in your time, or Tom Parlon’s—–

Mr. Tom Parlon:

Yes. We have new building regulations now—–

Sean Barrett (Independent)


Mr. Tom Parlon:

—–that are obviously a lot more stricter and so on, particularly with regard to inspections. Unfortunately at that time, as in banking and other areas, there was a high level of self-certification and professionals signed off on buildings that may have been, you know, employed by the builder and, perhaps, you know, they weren’t as strict as they should have been. The new regulations now require that you’ve got to have an assigned certifier. The assigned certifier has to be an architect, a chartered engineer or a chartered surveyor and he has to sign off on the different elements, and he is obliged to be responsible for, and have insurance to cover, any sort of … if he signs off on something that doesn’t prove to be the case, be it the quality of the foundations, be it the insulation, be it the fire safety regulations or whatever. So I believe we have a very rigorous regulation in place now, and the CIF have supported the Department of the Environment all the way through in terms of bringing those regulations forward.

[Emphasis by BRegs Blog]

Other posts of interest:

RTÉ Radio- CIF: professionals to Guarantee under BC(A)R SI.9

Tom Parlon – The Last Word

Complaint Procedures for BC(A)R SI.9? Construction Industry Register Ireland (

RIAI Past Presidents Paper #3 | The Building Regulations and Insurance

Simon Carswell: Politicians, Construction industry lobbying and banking | look back 10

Professional Indemnity Insurance Survey | Prices increase by up to 50%

“These houses were rubbish” | Lobbying in the Construction Industry – Part 2

CIF publishes pre-budget submission

Radio Clips: RIAI and CIF differ on Building Control (Amendment) Regulation (SI.9 of 2014)

CIF suggest self-building no longer possible after March 1st 2014


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