Changes to self-build regulations must stay

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Galway East TD Paul Connaughton has taken issue with concerns raised by the Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland about the exemption of one-off homes from a costly inspection regime.

Deputy Connaughton said, ‘New building control regulations were introduced after revelations concerning apartment blocks such as Priory Hall in Dublin. A person seeking to build their own home is the least likely to engage in sub-standard construction as they will have to live with the results for the rest of their days.

‘I believe that the changes to the inspection regime as recently announced by Minister Paudie Coffey are common sense measures. Self-builders will still have to provide evidence of proper construction, but the changes mean that this will not be anywhere near as costly for these families.

‘The Royal Institute of Architects is urging the Minister to revisit the changes, but I would commend Minister Coffey for making these sensible changes. Self-builders were not at the root of the problem with buildings such as Priory Hall and they shouldn’t be made to pay the price for the misdeeds of others.’