How Ireland can guard against a firestorm
As we seek a way ahead for residents of defective buildings, it is time for an independent regulator, writes Catherine Martin
When it comes to shoddy and defective construction of homes in Ireland during the boom times, occupiers are still discovering gross inadequacies - to their personal cost.
Some young families who have moved into their first homes have received the news that their apparently beautiful homes have inherent structural defects or present significant health and safety risks, rendering them fire traps.
With this unsettling news comes unanticipated financial grief and heartache. Their lives are turned upside down and they are hurled into a heartless financial pressure zone - all as a result of the deeds of greed-driven cowboy builders.