Motion calls for improved regulation of building standards and new legal rights for homebuyers

Kevin O’Sullivan

New fire-safety regulations due to come into force next month will be ineffective due to lack of proper enforcement, according to the Green Party.

It is bringing a motion to the Dáil on Wednesday calling for the setting up of an independent building regulator to oversee enforcement.

The motion calls for improved regulation of building standards and implementation of a remedial scheme to assist homeowners “to resolve serious structural and fire safety issues resulting from grossly-defective building standards in Ireland”. It also seeks the provision of new legal rights and remedies to protect homebuyers.

Green Party deputy leader and Dublin Rathdown TD, Catherine Martin, said: “In the rush to build the new homes so urgently needed, it is essential that this time it is done right and that all homes are built to an acceptable and safe standard.”

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