More Priory Hall scenarios could happen if the laws are not enforced

The latest building control regulations could help to avoid more construction disasters in the future - but enforcement is crucial, writes Kevin Hollingsworth.

9th February, 2014
The Priory Hall complex in Donaghmede, Dublin: the building industry needs to be properly regulated to ensure a similar fiasco does not happen again. Picture: Feargal Ward

Minister for Environment, Community and Local Government Phil Hogan has signed the Building Control Regulations into law, which should help to improve standards of construction and compliance on new buildings. However, the ability of the local authorities to ''police the regulations will be crucial to their effectiveness in avoiding another Priory Hall situation in the future.

Under the system operating up to March 2014, there was no mandatory requirement for certification of buildings. The industry...

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