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Crackdown on black market builders 17.02.14

DONEGAL building companies and sole traders are being urged to join a new register for the construction industry.
The Construction Industry Register Ireland (CIRI) is being set up to help distinguish competent, experienced construction companies and sole traders from those "who have given the construction industry a bad name".
The register is being established following a request by the Government. It will be available to the public from March 1, 2014 when new building and planning regulations come into force. The register is expected to be placed on a statutory footing from 2015.
Until now there has been no way for the public or Irish businesses to check on the credentials of a construction company or sole trader. "This resulted in some poor examples of construction work which have reflected badly on the entire construction industry and have impacted on the public and Irish businesses," said the CIF.
Any Donegal construction companies or sole traders who wish to join the register must meet a range of criteria including adherance to and industry code of ethics and obligations; demonstrate tax compliance; compliance with health and safety regulations; obey all the latest building standards and regulations and attend a CIRI induction course.
CIF director general Tom Parlon said: “At the moment anyone regardless of their experience and competence can pass themselves off as a builder or as any other form of construction operative. That has unfortunately led to some poor construction work being carried out.
“We want to help promote the work of competent, experienced construction companies and sole traders. That is why the new register, CIRI, is being set up."
To apply to join the register visit  www.ciri.ie
For more details on the new building and planning regulations click here
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