Construction Industry Register of Ireland
On June 5th, 2017, the Irish government announced that it has approved the drafting and publication of the Building Control (Construction Industry Register Ireland) Bill 2017. The purpose of this bill is to make it mandatory for building firms to join the Construction Industry Register of Ireland (CIRI).
The CIRI register was set up three years ago by Construction Industry Federation (CIF) and it aims to make it easy for people to identify reputable and competent building firms.
What’s In Place Now
The CIRI register is an online register of builders, contractors and tradespeople. The register currently works on a voluntary basis, but the new legislation will see registration become mandatory. This development is long overdue and ought to be welcomed by the construction industry.
The Housing and Planning Minister, Simon Covey, said that CIRI is an essential measure to provide consumers with protection for their build. It will give consumers assurance that they are dealing with competent and compliant contractors. And that can only be a good thing for the construction industry as a whole.
Rebuilding Public Confidence
The construction industry is working hard to restore customer confidence since the economic collapse of the last decade. The CIRI will go a long way to help restore the public’s faith in the ability of builders and contractors. And the public need to know that the contractor used to complete their building project is up to the job.
As CIF Director Herbert Fitzpatrick said, the register will be effective in restoring public trust, only if it’s a mandatory statutory register. He says that continuing a voluntary register would be a mistake because non-registered contractors would continue to operate in the market. They undercut registered contractors and create an unlevel playing field.
The Need For Legislation
In recent years various trades introduced registers which helped to improve and standardise them. Under the terms of the CIRI, contractors will only be able to work in areas they show experience in. And then contractors will only be able to register to provide these services. Applicants will have to provide details of at least three projects they have recently completed. These projects have to demonstrate their construction experience. You only have to think of the situation in the Priory Hall complex to see the effects poor construction has on residents.
For the construction industry to successfully grow, then people need to be able to trust that builders are competent and experienced to complete their building work. Building projects are major financial undertakings and can be very stressful for the homeowner. This register will help take at least some of the stress out of the process. It will make it clear the builder they’re using is up to the job.