Thursday, 12 December 2013

Ceisteanna (132)

Joe Higgins

Ceist:

132. Deputy Joe Higgins asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government the number of enforcement orders intended to achieve compliance with the building regulations fire safety issued by fire safety authorities against non-compliant builders and developers since he became Minister. [53419/13]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Environment)

I have no function in relation to specific enforcement activity under the Fire Safety Acts or the Building Control Act under which the powers of investigation and prosecution are vested in individual local authorities acting in their capacity as Fire Authority or Building Control Authority. Neither does my Department maintain statistical records of such activity.

My Department continues to liaise with local authorities in relation to significant fire safety and building control issues, some of which have been reported in the public domain, that have arisen in a number of multi-unit developments across the country. I expect local authorities to continue to use all of the powers currently available to them to address serious building defects.