BRegs Weekly | 25 August 2017

25 August 2017 –  BRegs Weekly Edition 118

Edition 118 of BRegs Weekly is out now.

In “‘Huge demand’ for qualified engineers” the Irish Examiner highlighted the current skills shortage in the construction sector. Damien Owens of Engineers Ireland said Ireland must produce more engineers at a quicker rate to keep up with demands on infrastructure and technology. He said “The acute shortage of skilled professionals is threatening the country’s supply of new infrastructure and technology, thereby potentially undermining our future prosperity,”

BRegs Blog featured a “‘Rebuilding Ireland Review” in Eolas Magazine by the Secretary General of the Department of Housing John McCarthy, the highest placed civil servant in the Department and has been the architect of housing policy under four successive Ministers. In the past 12 months there has been a 30% increase in families in homelessness, rent inflation is more than 10% per annum and house price inflation has  increased beyond 11%. Despite Government measures, key milestones such as the discontinued use of B+B’s and hostels for emergency homeless accommodation by July 1st have been missed, and 200 ‘rapid’ prefab housing units  promised for the end of 2016 have yet to be completed. Mr McCarthy said: “One year into implementation of what is a six-year Action Plan, a very significant amount of progress has been made in delivering the comprehensive set of actions set out in Rebuilding Ireland.”

In the “Clondalkin rapid-build housing delay blasted for unnecessary red-tape and bureaucracy” the Echo.ie explores the problems surrounding Rebuilding Ireland’s so-called ‘Rapid’ prefab house programme. In February planning permission was received for a Rapid build housing development in Clondalkin, yet the project is months away from even starting on site. Deputy Ó Broin received confirmation from South Dublin County Council that the earliest date that contractors will be on site is a full year after planning permission was granted. Just 22 out of 1,500 rapid homes planned have been completed since 2015. Mr O’Broin said “I have been informed that they hope the agreed contractor will be on site during the first three months of 2018… It is not clear whether this unacceptable delay is the fault of the South Dublin County Council or the Department of Housing. What is clear, however, is that homeless families, families at risk of homelessness and those languishing on the housing list are losing out because of unnecessary delays and bureaucratic red tape.” 

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