Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees

Thursday, 10 March 2022

Select Committee on Housing, Planning and Local Government

Regulation of Providers of Building Works Bill 2022: Committee Stage (Resumed)

Photo of Cian O'CallaghanCian O'Callaghan (Dublin Bay North, Social Democrats) | Oireachtas source

There is a weakness in that as well in terms of the building control authorities. Many people have issues with developers and builders, building defects and alleged breaches of regulations, and depending on what area they are in, they do not necessarily get a proper follow through in terms of the building control authorities. That is an issue with it.

I am aware of one instance with serious fire safety defects - some of it is on the public record - where the local authority was aware of the defects and it did not use its powers under the building control regulations to take any action against the developer. I read through thousands of pages of documents, under freedom of information, about it. A resident living in that development affected by fire safety defects under this legislation will have no recourse because his or her local authority did not do what it should have done as a building control authority and the resident cannot even make a complaint to this register about it.


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