Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Questions (135)

Gerry Adams

Question:

135. Deputy Gerry Adams asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government the purposes the €600 annual registration fee of construction companies to the Construction Industry Federation will be used for; the reason this registration fee is on an annual basis; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [14247/14]

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Written answers (Question to Environment)

The Construction Industry Register Ireland (CIRI) has been established by the Construction Industry Federation (CIF) as a register of builders and contractors. Participation in the register is voluntary at present. The registration fee and the administration of the register is a matter for the board of CIRI and the CIF and I have no direct role in relation to such matters.

The Government has signalled its commitment to placing the register on a statutory footing in 2015. I intend to bring legislative proposals to Government in that regard by the end of 2014. In relation to the fees for registration it is likely that the amount of any such fees will, when the register is put on a statutory footing, be subject to the consent of the Minister and will be limited to covering the costs incurred by the registration body in administering the register which would include the costs of maintaining, accounting for, auditing, and quality assuring the register.