John Drennan: Hogan vows 'tough policing' of building regulations
Environment Minister Phil Hogan will replace the current building regulations which have allowed "dodgy developers'' to flourish with a new "tough policing'' regime.
In the wake of Priory Hall, and the possibility of similar debacles, Mr Hogan told the Sunday Independent he plans to reform the Building Control Acts and replace "the current light touch self-regulation policy with mandatory inspection and regulation''.
The minister warned, "We intend to police the quality of housebuilding far more efficiently than the unchecked activities of the last years of the Tiger''. The changes, he claimed, would "restore the rigorous inspection regime of the Seventies that went into abeyance under Fianna Fail".