Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees
Tuesday, 25 January 2022
Joint Oireachtas Committee on Housing, Planning and Local Government
Urban Regeneration: Discussion (Resumed)
Fire safety regulations are incredibly important. I have been strong on that issue over the years and I would not want to see any diminution of them at all. My clear understanding, however, from the people making this proposal is that they do not have a view that there would be any such diminution in the fire safety regulations. They would remain strong but this proposal would create a faster and less costly process. I am trying to explore if that is the case in the UK and what evidence there is that it cannot be done here. The proposers are not saying they want to water down fire safety regulations or anything else. Orla Hegarty is one of the strongest advocates of fire safety regulations in the country, so we can accept the bona fides of the proposers in this regard. Perhaps Mr. Reynolds might like to respond on these issues.