Tuesday, 25 June 2019

Questions (754)

Micheál Martin


754. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the requirements that builders from Northern Ireland must go through to register as builders here; if his attention has been drawn to delays or difficulties regarding same; if his attention has further been drawn to the number of builders already registered to build here; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [26482/19]

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Written answers (Question to Housing)

Currently, there is no statutory register of builders in Ireland. The Government has committed to placing the Construction Industry Register Ireland, or CIRI, on a statutory footing. CIRI was established on a voluntary basis in 2014 by the Construction Industry Federation and over 850 building and contracting entities are currently included on the register.

The Government approved the draft heads of a Bill to place the CIRI on a statutory footing and the Bill was referred to the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Housing, Planning and Local Government for pre-legislative scrutiny. The Committee’s report has since been received and my Department is currently working through the Committee’s recommendations.

The main objective of the legislation is to develop and promote a culture of competence, good practice and compliance with Building Regulations within the builder community of the construction sector. The establishment of a robust, mandatory, statutory register of builders and specialist contractors is an essential consumer protection measure giving those who engage a registered builder the assurance that they are dealing with a competent and compliant operator. In addition, it will complement the reforms made through the Building Control (Amendment) Regulations 2014 and contribute to the development of an enhanced culture of competence and compliance in the construction sector. My Department is working with the Attorney General's Office with a view to achieving publication of the Bill later this year.

Question No. 755 answered with Question No. 732.