Monday 16 January 2017

Review of building rules stirs old ghosts

Published 04/05/2015 | 02:30

The Priory Hall development in north Dublin. Photo: PA
The Priory Hall development in north Dublin. Photo: PA

One can understand the intent behind the plan being considered by Environment Minister Alan Kelly to relax the inspection regime on building extensions and one-off homes. It is an attempt to treat builders and customers more reasonably.

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But the proposed changes bring more than a little danger along with the undoubted advantages. There is a fear we could be headed back to the horrors like Priory Hall.

That horror story, admittedly at the further end of the building problem situations, will ultimately set taxpayers back €30m.

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