200 sign up for register to help clamp down on rogue builders
More than 200 builders and contractors have registered with a new scheme aimed at stamping out rogue operators.
The Construction Industry Register Ireland (CIRI) contains details of companies proven to be tax-compliant and qualified to complete building works including extensions, plastering and electrical contracting, and registration will be mandatory by the end of next year.
Industry sources said that companies which refused to register were unlikely to secure work because they could not prove they were competent. "Under the new building regulations, you have to show you're a competent builder," one said.
The register has come into effect amid concern about shoddy building work being carried out by unqualified companies in recent years, such as the Priory Hall development in Dublin.
Environment Minister Phil Hogan said the register could be used by the public, construction professionals and state bodies to search for competent contractors.
"I have long been of the belief that we need to bring regulation to the Irish construction industry," Mr Hogan said.
"For too long we have had a situation whereby anyone can pass themselves off as a builder or construction operative, regardless of their experience and regardless of whether they were following the industry regulations."