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DECEMBER 2023 UPDATE – 14 YEARS - STILL NO REGISTRATION ACCOUNTS
On the 17th November 2009, and in accordance with Section 13 of the Building Control Act 2007, the first statutory register of architects was opened by the RIAI.
At Section 73, the Act also mandates, inter alia, that:
(1) A registration body shall, as soon as may be after the end of each year, prepare a report of its proceedings under this Act during that year.
(2) That report shall include a copy of the body’s accounts for the year concerned in so far as they relate to its income and expenditure in respect of the performance of its functions under this Act during that year and those accounts shall be accounts that have been certified by an auditor who has been appointed to carry out an audit of them for the year concerned.
In 14 years as the State's registration body for architects, the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland Ltd. has published just three schedules of accounts. Those single page disclosures were described as being “for the purposes of Section 73 of the Building Control Act 2007”.
In each schedule the totals were distorted by the inclusion of non-registration income and expenditure. Perhaps significantly, there was no sign of the auditor's certification required by the Act. The Department continues to find no fault in the RIAI's indisputably incomplete annual “presentation of the relevant income and expenditure”.
"Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn." Benjamin Franklin