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01/08/2014   NEWS

  The CIAT (Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists) announced the launch of a Register for Architectural Technologists in Ireland. The Register is currently voluntary, the formation of which is supported by the Department for Environment, Communities and Local Government (DECLG). The objective of the voluntary Architectural Technologists’ Register is for it to attain Statutory status and for its Registrants to be accepted as competent to provide Design and Assigned Certifier services under the Building Control (Amendment) Regulations 2014. For this to be achieved primary legislation will be required and the Building Control (Amendment) Regulations 2014 will require amendment.


30/05/2014   POLITICAL DEBATE

  Mick Wallace TD engaged in a Dáil 'Topical Issue' debate with Minister Hogan TD concerning the Building Control Regulations (S.I.9/2014) and Architectural Technologists. You can see a video of the debate by clicking here and read the text of the debate by clicking here .


13/05/2014   NEWS

  A Dail debate has been announced for 27th May 2014 concerning the Building Regulations (specifically S.I.9/2014) and our fellow practitioners the Architectural Technologists.


30/04/2014   ARCHITECTS' ALLIANCE NEWS

  The Architects' Alliance of Ireland is announcing the retirement of Margaret Kirwan as Chair. Margaret's term of office has ended and she will continue as an Officer of the committee. Aidan Coleman is the new Chair. AAoI and all members of the committee are hugely indebted to Margaret for her work as the first Chair of the Alliance. The committee wishes Aidan Coleman success in his new position.


03/03/2014   ARCHITECTS' ALLIANCE NEWS

 The Architects' Alliance of Ireland launched a new website to inform the public and professionals on the impact of the new Building Control Regulations. The Website can be accessed at the following address: www.SI9.ie. The new Regulations will affect small building works, self-builders, building contractors, designers and certifiers.


30/01/2014   POLITICAL DEBATE

  Senator Mark Daly (Kerry South, Fianna Fáil Seanad Spokesperson on Communications, Energy & Natural Resources) I thank the Minister for coming to the House. This issue relates to the new 2013 regulations introduced under the Building Control Act, and they relate to certification of building works. There seems to be much concern among architects, engineers and surveyors regarding the exclusion of large numbers of competent engineers and architects who currently do a job in applying for planning permission and supervising construction works. It now seems that those who have been deemed competent for decades and who have been in the industry for years will not be able to certify works under these regulations. Will the Minister outline what is being done to allay their fears? People's lives and livelihoods - their ability to earn a living - are being put at risk.


21/01/2014   POLITICAL DEBATE

  James Bannon TD (Longford-Westmeath, Fine Gael) to Minister Phil Hogan TD, PQ 492: To ask the Minister for Environment, Community and Local Government his plans to amend the registration arrangements currently provided for in the Building Control Act 1997 in respect of the grandfather clause, relating to practically trained persons providing architectural services here; if he faciliate Architects Alliance of Ireland the opportunity to address these issues; the way this will be done; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [2937/14]


15/01/2014   POLITICAL DEBATE

  Michael Healy-Rae TD (Kerry South, Independent) to Minister Phil Hogan TD, PQ 522: To ask the Minister for Environment, Community and Local Government his views on correspondence (details supplied) regarding ARAE registration; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [1608/14]


12/12/2013   EUROPEAN NEWS

  AAoI was informed of a complaint against S.I. No. 80 of 2013 - Building Control (Amendment) Regulations 2013, recently sent to the European Commission.


12/12/2013   POLITICAL DEBATE

  Michael Healy-Rae TD (Kerry South, Independent) to Minister Phil Hogan TD, PQ 147: To ask the Minister for Environment, Community and Local Government his views on correspondence (details supplied) regarding the Building Control (Amendment) Regulations 2013; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [53566/13]


05/12/2013   POLITICAL DEBATE

  Clare Daly TD (Dublin North, Socialist Party) to Minister Phil Hogan TD, PQ 31: To ask the Minister for Environment, Community and Local Government in view of the latest evacuation of residents due to non-compliance with fire safety building regulations in Navan and following similar exposure of non-compliance with fire safety regulations in the Fingal, Dublin city, south Dublin and Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown council areas, if he will list the councils which have taken enforcement action against developers or contractors in relation to non-compliance with fire safety regulations since he took office in March 2011; and if he will provide an update on any progress or discussion on the new building regulations with architects, engineers and other professional bodies. [51907/13]


03/12/2013   POLITICAL DEBATE

  Terence Flanagan TD (Dublin North East, Fine Gael) to Minister Phil Hogan TD, PQ 239: To ask the Minister for Environment, Community and Local Government the number of officials in his Department that are receiving the cost of club membership fees, including sports clubs and professional bodies, as part of their contract of employment; the total cost per year to his Department of paying these fees; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [51365/13]


30/10/2013   REGISTRATION NEWS

  An exploratory meeting was held between AAoI, Minister Hogan's officials and the RIAI at the Custom House.
The discussion centred on Mr Fennell's report (particularly those recommendations which can be implemented without legislative change) and on the impact of mandatory self-certification in March 2014. Further meetings are expected.


02/10/2013   EUROPEAN NEWS

  The EU published a press statement headed "Evaluating national regulations on access to professions" which begins:
"Member States may reserve the right to access certain professional activities to the holders of specific qualifications (e.g. design of new buildings reserved to architects) for reasons of general interest. Such restrictions make the mobility of professionals within the single market more difficult. In addition, these measures may limit employment and competitiveness in the economic sectors concerned. The Commission is therefore inviting Member States to review their restrictions on the access to professions and to assess their proportionality."

Click HERE to access the article.


27/09/2013   ARCHITECTS' ALLIANCE NEWS

  Architects' Alliance of Ireland announces an open meeting scheduled on Saturday 5th of October. The meeting will take place at Killeshin Hotel, Dublin Rd, Portlaoise.

This meeting is open to all disenfranchised architects and to our supporters. We will be considering in particular, THE FENNELL REPORT which was published this week. Some of its recommendations are ready for implementation, others require legislation - which may or may not arise. We hope you can make it to the meeting.

Click HERE to register your attendance.


24/09/2013   REGISTRATION NEWS

  In April this year the Minister announced that in response to concerns about the registration of Architects, in particular the limited number of applications to date from practically-trained architects, he had asked Mr Garret Fennell, Solicitor, who is currently serving as Chair of the Admissions Board relevant to the register of Architects, to carry out an independent review of the experience to date in relation to the operation of the register with a view to identifying any further improvements that can be made at this point. The Minister particularly asked for the report to give recommendations or views on how the registration of practically trained architects can be further encouraged.

The Report was published today with this Press Notice:-

Mr. Phil Hogan, T.D., Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government today (24 September 2013) welcomed the publication of the Report of Independent Review of the registration arrangements for Architects under the Building Control Act 2007. The report follows a review undertaken by Mr. Garrett Fennell, Solicitor, (who currently chairs the Admissions Board established for the registration of Architect’s under the Act of 2007), at the Minister’s request in response to concerns about the registration of Architects, in particular the limited number of applications to date from practically-trained architects.

“I am pleased to have received this report and to publish it in full.” commented Minister Hogan. “It identifies a number of practical changes which will be made immediately to improve the effectiveness of the registration process and a further set of legislative changes which will be considered more fully in the context of the Building Control Acts.”

Minister Hogan welcomed the fact that the Report recognises that “consumer protection must be the primary focus of any regulatory system and should remain the key policy imperative against which the regulatory system for the registration of architects is assessed.” In agreement with this view the Minister said: “There is little point in having a register of architects unless members of the public can have confidence that those on the register meet the standard of competence required. It is important that any such system is rigorous, fair, proportionate and transparent and on this basis I am happy to accept the twenty or so recommendations included in this report which will, I believe, result in a fairer and more effective register of Architects.”

Mr. Hogan thanked Mr. Fennell for a “thorough, comprehensive and balanced” report. An implementation plan has also been drawn up by the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government to ensure that the recommendations are put into action.

The Minister said that the measures identified in the Report, when implemented should facilitate an increased level of applications by practically trained architects for registration. The measures identified in this review will assist all those who have the required competence to get the opportunity to demonstrate their competence in a fair and transparent manner with appropriate and reasonable assistance

The Minister welcomed in particular a number of recommendations which improve the registration process for persons eligible for registration through the technical assessment or the prescribed register admissions examination procedures. “I believe these recommendations will be helpful to, and improve the registration process for practically trained architects. I have also asked my officials to continue to work with these bodies whose members have a continuing and valuable contribution to make to the construction industry.”

The Minister noted that the RIAI, as registration body, have broadly accepted the report and its recommendations and he urged them “to take full heed of the analysis and recommendations in the report and to fully grasp the opportunity now afforded to work closely with, and earn the confidence and trust of, all prospective candidates for registration, in particular those who qualify by virtue of practical experience.”

Finally, the Minister noted that the Building Control Amendment Regulations 2013, which he signed into law earlier this year, will place a renewed focus on competence, professionalism and quality on construction sites through the activation from 1 March 2014 of requirements for lodgement of drawings, inspection during construction and mandatory certificates of compliance. Any construction professional hoping to benefit from the opportunities these changes will present must be a registered professional and he hoped that many who “for whatever reason have not sought registration to date will now do so.”


Click HERE to access the Report


13/09/2013   REGISTRATION NEWS

  "Last year, the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland (RIAI) introduced a fee for the registration of office names, in addition to the existing registration fee for individual architects. Some architects object to paying it. “There’s no legal basis for it, we can’t afford it, and it’s morally wrong,” says (registered) architect Andrew Clancy of Clancy Moore Architects. Since then, it has been an ongoing issue that has now come to a head as a result of A10’s Eurovision edition on Ireland." Click Here to access the article.


18/09/2013   POLITICAL DEBATE

  Brendan Griffin TD (Kerry South, Fine Gael) to Minister Phil Hogan TD, PQ 965: To ask the Minister for Environment, Community and Local Government if he will introduce a Statutory Instrument similar to SI 341 of 2012 to have a course in educational institutes (details supplied) recognised as a prescribed course and bodies under the Building Control Act for the Architects Register Admission Examination administered by an organisation (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [38594/13]

PQ 962: To ask the Minister for Environment, Community and Local Government if the position of the Architects Alliance will be implemented in the context of the architects register review; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [38576/13]


18/07/2013   REGISTRATION NEWS (U.K.)

 BDONLINE.CO.UK - Arb considers radical overhaul of architecture qualifications - By Elizabeth Hopkirk

"A radical overhaul of architecture qualifications is being considered by the ARB board. The changes could potentially allow those with a degree in a subject other than architecture to do a part II, and foreign-qualified architects to join the ARB register without achieving the three-part qualification of a UK education. {This is a misunderstanding. Migrant, Directive-compliant architects, i.e. without the three-part qualification, already benefit from automatic ARB registration - Brian Montaut}

The “root and branch” review would look at whether registration should continue to be based on qualifications and if alternative routes would broaden access to the professional register. A two- to three-year review could begin next year with a consultation exercise involving architects, professional bodies, the government and the public. It will need to be approved by the ARB board in September when it considers the 2014 business plan. A preliminary meeting this week suggested the idea will be contested, with some members strongly in favour and others questioning whether ARB could afford such a review without an increase in the retention fee.

“Any review would be comprehensive,” ARB registrar Alison Carr told BD. “There are an awful lot of ideas at the moment being generated by the education sector but that’s just one element. The review would be very wide and would start with questions such as: ‘Should there be wider routes?’ It’s not just about the profession but also about what the public want.” The move follows a detailed report by the UK Architectural Education Review Group which found support for radical change. Its recommendations, which include admitting people to the Arb register on the basis of equivalent competence rather than equivalent qualifications, was approved by the Heads of Schools (Schosa) in April.

Dickon Robinson, chairman of Building Futures at the RIBA and an independent member of the review group, described the ARB’s move as timely. “The shape of architectural education has been relatively unchanged for decades and the world has moved on,” he said. “The idea that you can’t progress to the register without a part I is completely outdated. It should be much easier to get into part II from other first degrees. “If you have a first degree in engineering and then do part II and III you should be able to call yourself an architect. The profession would be enriched by having a broader base of people who started their academic career in another discipline.” The expense of architectural education means shorter routes must be introduced, he said. “Who cares how many years you have studied? That’s a very crude idea. It should be about demonstrating learning.”

Chris Platt, head of school at the Mac, welcomed a review and said the relationship between validation, prescription and higher education needed to be simplified. “It’s a landscape fraught with inconsistencies. It’s right to be debating whether the system is still fit for purpose,” he said. Roger Hawkins of Hawkins Brown warned the UK not to open its floodgates to foreign-qualified architects without insisting on reciprocal relaxation. But he agreed that a review of the existing “Victorian” rules was necessary: “You have senior academic architects who are not registered because they haven’t got the right tick-box experience.”


17/07/2013   REGISTRATION NEWS

  A "Grandfather" clause should be considered in legislation defining the title of "architect" - Environment Committee -

Today saw the publication of the "Report of the Committee on the Title of Architect" prepared by the Joint Committee on Environment, Culture and the Gaeltaght following 12 months of cross-party deliberation.

In the 54 pages report there are over 15 formal recommendations in relation to the existing legislation (the Building Control Act 2007) which gave protection to the 'title' of architect. (click Here for the press release)

Those recommendations include:

  • That the Minister for Environment, Community and Local Government, notwithstanding the existence of the Technical Assessment, give consideration to the inclusion of a typical, self-extinguishing ‘grandfather’ clause in the Building Control Act 2007 – as is provided in other State legislation.

  • That the formal qualifications required under Irish domestic legislation for registration as an architect should not exceed the formal qualifications required for mutual recognition under the relevant European Directive.

  • That the Minister for Environment, Community and Local Government review and give fresh consideration to the recommendation by the Competition Authority for the establishment of an Independent Register for architects.

  • That the Minister for Environment, Community and Local Government extend the transition period of the proposed Building Regulations to two years
  • Michael McCarthy TD, Cathaoirleach of the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Environment, Culture and the Gaeltacht, said: “When a State starts to protect the use of the term ‘Architect’ and confines it to those on the architects’ register, issues can arise relating to the position of existing self-trained practitioners, colloquially termed ‘grandfathers’. These issues have been successfully addressed by other Member States in so-called ‘grandfather’ clauses in legislation."

    You can access the full report by clicking Here


    10/07/2013   POLITICAL DEBATE

      Finian McGrath TD (Dublin North Central, Independent) to Minister Phil Hogan TD, PQ 197: To ask the Minister for Environment, Community and Local Government if he will consider reducing the cost involved for practically trained persons who wish to be included on the register of architects; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [33715/13]


    27/06/2013   POLITICAL DEBATE

      Michael Healy-Rae TD (Kerry South, Independent) to Minister Phil Hogan TD, PQ 193. To ask the Minister for Environment, Community and Local Government his views on correspondence (details supplied) regarding the title of architect in Part 3 of the Building Control Act 2007; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [31393/13]


    25/06/2013   POLITICAL DEBATE

      Nicky McFadden TD (Longford-Westmeath, Fine Gael) to Minister Phil Hogan TD, PQ 413. To ask the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government if a grandfather clause will be inserted into new legislation to enable architects who have many years of experience to be permitted to refrain from sitting exams in order to be registered with the Royal Institute of the Architects Ireland; if an alternative method of registering experienced architects could be devised; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [30152/13]


    19/06/2013   POLITICAL DEBATE

      Brendan Griffin TD (Kerry South, Fine Gael) to Minister Phil Hogan TD, PQ 144. To ask the Minister for Environment, Community and Local Government his views on correspondence (details supplied) regarding the registration of architects; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [29469/13]


    18/06/2013   POLITICAL DEBATE

      Arthur Spring TD (Kerry North-West Limerick, Labour) to Minister Phil Hogan TD, PQ 345. To ask the Minister for Environment, Community and Local Government further to Parliamentary Questions No. 51 of 3 May 2012 and 437 of 16 October 2012, if he will provide an update on the appointment of the chairperson and the nomination of the majority of non-architect members to the Professional Conduct Committee in line with Section 23 of the Building Control Act 2007; the proposed role the committee will play in settling disputes between architects and their clients; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [29231/13]


    11/06/2013   POLITICAL DEBATE

      Michael Healy-Rae TD (Kerry South, Independent) to Minister Phil Hogan TD, PQ 640. To ask the Minister for Environment, Community and Local Government the number of independent architectural firms that may be endangered following the date for the banning of many independent firms with decades of experience in architecture from certifying their own building works without a fair independent registration system first being in place. [27901/13]


    11/06/2013   POLITICAL DEBATE

      Tom Fleming TD (Kerry South, Independent) to Minister Phil Hogan TD, PQ 613. To ask the Minister for Environment, Community and Local Government if he will he examine the attached submission (details supplied) regarding the effect on independent architects that the new registration regime coming into practice will have following the date for the banning of many independent firms with decades of experience in architecture from certifying their own building works without a fair independent registration system first being in place; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [27610/13]


    07/06/2013   REGISTRATION NEWS

      The Alliance had a useful 90 minute meeting with Mr Garrett Fennell at his offices. 120 written submissions had been received for his review and 11 stakeholders then invited to meet him. The Alliance was the last of the professional groups to be seen. Mr Fennell expects to report to the Minister early next month.


    04/06/2013   REGISTRATION NEWS

      Marcella Corcoran Kennedy TD (Laois/Offaly, Fine Gael) issued a Press Release today in support of the Alliance campaign - (Click Here to access the PDF file).


    28/05/2013   POLITICAL DEBATE

      Seán Ó Fearghaíl TD (Kildare South, Fianna Fail) to Minister Phil Hogan TD, PQ 468. To ask the Minister for Environment, Community and Local Government if he will address concerns raised regarding the grandfather clause in the Building Regulations (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [25349/13]


    28/05/2013   POLITICAL DEBATE

      Jack Wall TD (Kildare South, Labour) to Minister Phil Hogan TD, PQ 466. To ask the Minister for Environment, Community and Local Government his views on a submission (details supplied) regarding a grandfather change in the building regulation; if the content can be addressed or is it feasible that the correspondence has means available to them to address the issue; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [25313/13]


    23/05/2013   POLITICAL DEBATE

      Clare Daly TD (Dublin North, Socialist Party) to Minister Phil Hogan TD, PQ 131. To ask the Minister for Environment, Community and Local Government his plans to allow an amendment for the Building Control Act 2007 to include an amendment for self trained, trained or unlicensed architects to benefit from a genuine grandfather clause. [24828/13]


    21/05/2013   POLITICAL DEBATE

      Michael Creed TD (Cork North West, Fine Gael) to Minister Phil Hogan TD, PQ 504. To ask the Minister for Environment, Community and Local Government if he will outline the transitional arrangements that he envisages on the introduction of the Building Control Act on 1 March 2014; the way these might apply to those who are currently engaged in exams under the RIAI but who may not have those completed by the 1 March 2014 deadline; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [24277/13]


    10/05/2013   REGISTRATION NEWS

      The Competition Authority lodged its "Submission to the Independent Review of the Arrangements for the Registration of Architects under the Building Control Act 2007" The submission was sent to Garrett Fennell Solicitor on the 10th of May 2013. (Click Here to access the PDF file). See the website Data Page to access other relevant documentation.


    10/05/2013   REGISTRATION NEWS

      Architects' Alliance of Ireland lodged a submission in relation to the independent review for the registration of professionally trained architects. The submission was sent to Garrett Fennell Solicitor on the 10th of May 2013. See the website Data Page to access all the documentation.


    16/04/2013   REGISTRATION NEWS

      The Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government,  Mr  Phil Hogan, T.D., has recently asked Garrett Fennell Solicitor to conduct an independent review of the arrangements for the registration of Architects under the Building Control Act 2007. Garrett Fennell is currently serving as chairperson of the Admissions Board established for the Statutory Register.

    The terms of reference to the Review are as follows:

    1.   To carry out an independent review of the arrangements generally for the registration of  Architects under the Building Control Act 2007
    2.   To take stock of the overall experience to date in relation to the operation of the registration system with a view to seeing how the system can be further improved.
    3.  Having regard to the lower than expected number of applications from practically trained architects, to review and make specific recommendation on how the registration of practically trained architects can be better encouraged.

    The AAoI and anyone concerned are invited to make a submission for consideration which should be returned by email on or before 10 May 2013 to architectsreview@environ.ie. It would be appreciated if submissions could be kept as brief as possible  and directly relate to the matters covered by the terms of reference of the review stating the concern or view held and whatever remedies you would recommend to address it.  A brief covering letter outlining any relevant matters you wish to bring to Garrett Fennell's attention may also be included.  Following an analysis of the submissions it may be necessary to meet with some stakeholders to explore in more detail or otherwise clarify the content of their submissions.  You should be advised that any information submitted will be subject to the Freedom of Information Acts and may be placed in the public domain. Administrative assistance in relation to this review will be provided by the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government but Garrett Fennell Solicitor's consideration, treatment and report on the issues raised will be prepared in line with the Terms of Reference and independently of the Department and the registration body.


    16/04/2013   POLITICAL DEBATE

      Nicky McFadden TD (Longford-Westmeath, Fine Gael) to Minister Phil Hogan TD, PQ 776. To ask the Minister for Environment, Community and Local Government if the Architects Registration Body published its 2010, 2011 and 2012 annual reports as stipulated in section 73 of the Building Control Act 2007; if published, if these reports may be viewed by the public; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [16410/13]


    26/03/2013   POLITICAL DEBATE

      Clare Daly TD (Dublin North, Socialist Party) to Minister Phil Hogan TD, PQ 377. To ask the Minister for Environment, Community and Local Government if his attention has been drawn to the fact that registered architects are trained to design in compliance with the building regulations and that they have no academic or practical training to certify compliance of construction works with building regulations; consequently if he will justify the short-listing of architects to act as assigned certifiers as per the Building Control (amendment) Regulations 2012, while other professionals with more training and experience in this field were not short-listed. [14805/13]


    13/03/2013   POLITICAL DEBATE

      Clare Daly TD (Dublin North, Socialist Party) to Minister Phil Hogan TD, PQ 142. To ask the Minister for Environment, Community and Local Government if he will consider the implementation of an independent certifier as an amendment to the Building Control Regulations as suggested by the Architects Alliance as a key means of preventing abuses in the building control system. [13292/13]


    12/03/2013   POLITICAL DEBATE

      Dara Calleary TD (Mayo, Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation) to Minister Phil Hogan TD, PQ 465: To ask the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government his plans to amend the Building Control Act 2007, by including a genuine grandfather clause, in order to take special consideration of the situation of long standing practitioners in the field of architecture, who do not, at present hold the necessary accreditation. [7161/13]


    07/03/2013   POLITICAL DEBATE

      Seán Kyne TD (Galway West, Fine Gael) to Minister Phil Hogan TD, PQ 172: To ask the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government if he will report on the progress, if any, of his request that his Department work with the registration body as envisaged under the Building Control Act and the proposed Building Control Amendment Regulations to ensure that those working as architects, with many years of experience, are not excluded from the professions owing to the new qualification requirements; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12276/13]

    Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government (Deputy Phil Hogan): Part 3 of the Building Control Act 2007 set out statutory arrangements for the registration of Architects. There are no new qualifications requirements. A variety of routes to registration are provided for in the Act, including specific provision for the registration of practically trained persons who have no formal academic qualifications or education. I share the concerns of those who feel that the number of applications to date from practically-trained architects is less than might reasonably be expected notwithstanding the provision in that regard in the Act. I have recently asked Mr Garret Fennell, Solicitor, who is currently serving as the Chairperson of the Admissions Board relevant to the register of Architects, to carry out an independent review of the experience to date in relation to the operation of the register with a view to identifying any further improvements that can be made at this point. I have particularly asked for his recommendations or views on how the registration of practically trained architects can be further encouraged.


    28/02/2013   POLITICAL DEBATE

      Clare Daly TD (Dublin North, Socialist Party), PQ 177: To ask the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government if his attention has been drawn to the Building Control (Amendment) Regulations 2012, as per draft available on his Department's website, will allow one person to design, construct and certify a building and his views on whether this is reasonable to ensure public safety. [10856/13]


    28/02/2013   POLITICAL DEBATE

      Nicky McFadden TD (Longford-Westmeath, Fine Gael) to Minister Phil Hogan TD, PQ 175. To ask the Minister for Environment, Community and Local Government if he will defer signing new regulations for a mandatory building certificate system under the Building Control (Amendment) Regulations Act 2013 until the forthcoming report from the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Environment, Culture and Gaeltacht is studied; if he has considered the Architects Alliance paper on Self-Certification; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [10850/13]


    26/02/2013   POLITICAL DEBATE

      Billy Timmins TD (Wicklow, Fine Gael) to Minister Phil Hogan TD, PQ 434: To ask the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government the position regarding concerns at the proposed changes to the Building Control (Amendment) Regulations 2013; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [9661/13]

    Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government (Deputy Phil Hogan): I propose to take Questions Nos. 429, 430 and 434 together. I am currently finalising the Building Control Amendment Regulations 2013 for signature into law following a comprehensive public consultation process undertaken in 2012. Persons who are on the registers of Architects and Building Surveyors established in accordance with the Building Control Act 2007 or who are Chartered Engineers may sign the statutory certificates of compliance for designers and for assigned certifiers that will be introduced under the new regulations. Depending on their background and experience , members of the Architects Alliance may qualify for consideration for inclusion on the register of Architects or on the register of Building Surveyors which, as indicated, would also enable them to sign the statutory certificates being introduced under the new regulations. The new regulations will provide for a transition period of 12 months which will, among other things, give sufficient time for eligible persons who have not already done so to apply for registration. The transition period will also provide for a smooth transition to the new requirements in terms of projects currently on site. The arrangements for the registration of Architects and Building Surveyors under the Building Control Act 2007 are open, transparent and fair for potential candidates from a variety of backgrounds including those who are practically trained and have limited or no academic training or qualifications. I am satisfied that the statutory arrangements for registration that are currently in place are appropriate and I have no proposals to amend the Act presently. I understand that the Joint Oireachtas Committee on the Environment, Arts and Culture has recently been giving some consideration to the arrangements that are in place for t the registration of practically trained architects under the Act of 2007. I look forward to considering the Committee’s conclusions and recommendations in due course. My own view as outlined above is that the existing statutory position is fair and reasonable but that it may be opportune at this point to consider what practical steps can be taken to facilitate and support practically trained people who are interested in doing so to pursue the opportunities for registration that are open to them under the Act. I have asked my Department, in conjunction with the RIAI as registration body for the Register of Architects, to meet with members of the Architects Alliance to discuss further the concerns raised in the correspondence supplied.


    26/02/2013   POLITICAL DEBATE

      Maureen O'Sullivan TD (Dublin Central, Independent) to Minister Phil Hogan TD, PQ 430: To ask the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government if he will defer signing the new Building Control (Amendment) Regulations 2012 until the report from the Environment Committee is published; if he will give due consideration to the Alliance paper (details supplied) and non-registered architects' concerns over the pending legislation; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [9551/13]


    26/02/2013   POLITICAL DEBATE

      Billy Timmins TD (Wicklow, Fine Gael) to Minister Phil Hogan TD, PQ 429: To ask the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government the position regarding concerns at the proposed changes to the Building Control Bill; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [9550/13]


    26/02/2013   POLITICAL DEBATE

      Éamon Ó Cuív TD (Galway West, Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Agriculture, Food and Community Affairs)to Minister Phil Hogan TD, PQ 439: To ask the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government his plans to introduce a provision for a grandfather clause under the Building Control Bill and its regulations to ensure that persons with experience and a long standing reputation in the business may continue to operate as architects and use that title; and in particular that they will be qualified to provide building certification services under the Bill; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [9706/13]


    20/02/2013   POLITICAL DEBATE

      Clare Daly TD (Dublin North, Socialist Party) to Minister Phil Hogan TD, PQ 173: To ask the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government, if he will give consideration to the submission from the Architects Alliance regarding self certification which was submitted on 14 February 2013. [9175/13]


    20/02/2013   POLITICAL DEBATE

      Clare Daly TD (Dublin North, Socialist Party) to Minister Phil Hogan TD, PQ 172: To ask the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government, if he will defer the signing of new building control regulations until he receives the paper from the Environment Committee. [9174/13]


    14/02/2013   POLITICAL DEBATE

      Terence Flanagan TD (Dublin North East, Fine Gael) to Minister Phil Hogan TD, PQ 247: To ask the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government when he is planning to sign the Statutory Instrument that will introduce the Building Control (Amendment) Act 2012; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [7768/13]


    06/02/2013   POLITICAL DEBATE

      Finian McGrath TD (Dublin North Central, Independent) to Minister Phil Hogan TD, PQ 139: To ask the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government if he will support the case of a person (details supplied) relating to the Building Control Bill. [6248/13]


    06/02/2013   POLITICAL DEBATE

      Seán Ó Fearghaíl TD (Kildare South, Fianna Fáil Whip; Spokesperson on Constitutional Reform; Arts and Culture, and Defence) to Minister Phil Hogan TD, PQ 131: To ask the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government if he will consider issues raised in correspondence (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [6526/13]


    05/02/2013   POLITICAL DEBATE

      Gerry Adams TD (Louth, Sinn Féin) to Minister Phil Hogan TD, PQ 558: To ask the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government if he has considered amending the Building Control Act 2007 by including a grandfather clause to deal with issues affecting long standing practitioners in the field of architecture who do not hold the necessary official certification; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [5144/13]


    05/12/2012   POLITICAL DEBATE

      Senator Thomas Byrne (Meath East, Fianna Fáil Seanad Spokesperson on Public Expenditure) to Deputy Fergus O'Dowd, Minister of State at the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government: I am delighted to have this opportunity to raise this matter on the Adjournment and thank my colleagues for not availing of the opportunity too often, which lets me in by default much of the time. This issue relates to the proposal for a so-called grandfather clause with regard to people who can practise as architects. What is the Government doing on this issue? This has been an issue for some time, but the current registration process is time limited and concerns people who are not members of the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland but who effectively do the same job and get the same recognition. I understand this has become more of an issue as banks have tightened up with regard to who can certify planning permission applications, certificates of compliance with building regulations and other general structural assessments of property. It is only right that banks tighten up on this, as there has been too much laxity in recent years. However, there are many people who can do the same job as an officially qualified architect and who have been recognised as qualified until now. What is the Government position on this situation, because there are many practitioners who do not have the official qualifications who are finding the current situation very difficult?


    05/12/2012   POLITICAL DEBATE

      Senator Thomas Byrne (Meath East, Fianna Fáil Seanad Spokesperson on Public Expenditure) I thank the Minister of State for (his) clarification, but I intend to pursue the issue. The registration fee is very high and only a small number of people have gone through the process. Making the process more accessible would not just help those who would qualify under the process but would also help consumers.


    28/11/2012   POLITICAL DEBATE

      Terence Flanagan TD (Dublin North East, Fine Gael) to Minister Phil Hogan TD, PQ 172: To ask the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government his plans to amend the Building Control Act to address the grandfather clause whereby trained and qualified architects who are effectively being prevented from registering to use that title due to the excessive registration fee; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [53169/12]


    28/10/2012   REGISTRATION NEWS

     The Alliance issued an introductory paper on the Grandfather Clause to the Environment Committee (see DATA page or Click Here to access the PDF file).


    10/10/2012   REGISTRATION NEWS

     The Working Group established by the Joint Committee on the Environment held its first meeting today.


    10/10/2012   NEWS

     Former Chair of the Environment Committee, Ciarán Lynch TD, was elected Chairman of the Committee on Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform.


    09/10/2012   NEWS

     Deputy Michael McCarthy accepted his nomination as the new Chair of the Environment Committee:- "I am delighted that Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore has chosen me to chair this important and interesting committee. I look forward to taking up this position shortly and to working on the extensive programme of work that will be required by the new role."


    07/10/2012   NEWS

     A third complaint against RIAI Limited is being examined by the Office of the Director of Corporate Enforcement.


    13/09/2012   EUROPEAN COMMISSION

      Phil Prendergast MEP received this answer from Mr Barnier on behalf of the European Commission (ref E-007522/2012) : - The Commission has proposed that new minimum training requirements become the basis for automatic recognition of architectural qualifications two years after the deadline for the transposition of the amended Directive. Architects eligible for automatic recognition under the current rules whose training started before that date would benefit from an acquired rights regime.


    28/08/2012   EUROPEAN COMMISSION

      Nessa Childers MEP received this answer from Mr Barnier on behalf of the European Commission (ref P-007738/2012) : - Directive 2005/36/EC on the recognition of professional qualifications only concerns professionals who wish to move to another Member State. It does not apply when they seek to practice in the same country in which they obtained their qualifications. The Commission's joint answer to questions E-012450/2011 and E-000673/2012 reflects this principle in stating that persons who do not meet the minimum training requirements of Article 46 "would not be able to benefit from the automatic recognition of their qualifications in another Member State". The solution is different for a few health professions, such as doctors, according to Article 21 (6) of Directive 2005/36/EC. Consequently, the Directive does not restrict the terms of any national law provisions applicable to architects qualified in the territory of the Member State in question.


    22/08/2012   EUROPEAN COMMISSION

      Phil Prendergast MEP received an answer from Mr Barnier on behalf of the European Commission (ref E-007478/2012):- The Commission is aware of a number of questions with regards to the compatibility of the Irish Building Control Act 2007 with EU law. It has already undertaken a detailed investigation which is on-going. In this context, the Commission will also consider all the points raised by the Honourable Member and will inform the Honourable Member of the outcome as soon as possible.


    19/07/2012   POLITICAL DEBATE

      Maureen O'Sullivan TD (Dublin Central, Independent), PQ 488: To ask the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government if his attention has been drawn to the fact that legislation in countries such as France and the Netherlands provided automatic registration to self-taught architects through acquired rights; his views on whether self-taught architects from Ireland are discriminated on in this instance; and his plans to remedy this problem [36178/12]


    18/07/2012   POLITICAL DEBATE

      James Bannon TD (Longford-Westmeath, Fine Gael), PQ 224: To ask the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government his plans to amend the registration arrangement currently provided for in the Building Control Act 2007 in respect of the grandfather clause relating to practically trained persons providing architectural services here; if he is prepared to allow the Architects’ Alliance of Ireland the opportunity to address this issues; the way this may be done; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [35560/12]


    17/07/2012   REGISTRATION NEWS

     The Joint Committee on the Environment agreed to establish an informal working group to request the Minister for Environment, Community and Local Government to take special consideration of the situation of long-standing practitioners in the field of architecture who do not, at present, hold the necessary official certification. That he work with all the stakeholders to provide a solution, on a strictly once-off basis, whereby these practitioners can have their skills assessed and where these are found to be of the required standard, can be duly certified. That he ensure that relevant experience, gained abroad, is included in the process, subject of course to it being relevant and verifiable. That he ensure that this process is open, fair and transparent and that the costs involved are reduced to the minimum possible and that any unnecessary costs, administration and red tape are avoided.

    The Committee agreed the informal working group would be comprised of:
    Deputy Luke Flanagan IND; Deputy Sandra McLellan SF; Deputy Gerald Nash LAB; Senator Cáit Keane FG.


    04/07/2012   POLITICAL DEBATE

      Dominic Hannigan TD (Meath East, Labour), PQ 188: To ask the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government his plans for the Building Control Act and its regulation of the architecture profession; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [32760/12]


    03/07/2012   REGISTRATION NEWS

     The Joint Committee on the Environment invited the RIAI and Architects’ Alliance to debate on the registration of self-taught architects who are still the subjects of discriminative procedures. The committee was informed by Anthony M. Collins S.C., expert in European Law, that a grandfather clause for architects would not be in breach of European Law. To access the meeting video press here. To access the meeting transcript press here.


    06/06/2012   POLITICAL DEBATE

      Terence Flanagan TD (Dublin North East, Fine Gael) PQ 602: To ask the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government the position regarding the registration of architects (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [26873/12]/font>


    03/05/2012   POLITICAL DEBATE

      Arthur Spring TD (Kerry, North-West Limerick, Labour) to Minister Phil Hogan TD, PQ 496: To ask the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government - when he will appoint nominations to an independent Professional Conduct Committee in view of the fact that legislation was introduced in the Building Control Act in 2008 to provide for the establishment of the Professional Conduct Committee on a statutory basis to deal with the registration and regulation of architects; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [20128/12]


    27/04/2012   ARCHITECTS' ALLIANCE NEWS

     An important members' meeting of the Architects' Alliance of Ireland has been called for the 12th May 2012.


    17/04/2012   REGISTRATION NEWS

     The Environment Joint Oireachtas Committee, in response to the European Commissioner's February statement, decided to invite the Alliance to make a second presentation.


    14/04/2012   NEWS

     The public consultation process began in regard to the proposed Certification Regime (prompted by the Priory Hall debacle). For more information click here. The deadline for receipt of submissions and comments is 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, 24th May 2012.


    29/03/2012   EUROPEAN NEWS

     The European Ombudsman is investigating a decision from the European Commission in respect of sections 21 and 22 of the Building Control Act 2007. The requirement for 10 years of experience to be gained fully in the Republic of Ireland is one of the criteria for registration through the Technical Assessment and it appears to be the subject of the investigation. It is claimed by a complainant that the national restriction imposed on experience is in breach of European Law as it discriminates against workers from other European states.


    28/03/2012   POLITICAL DEBATE

      Sandra McLellan TD (Cork East, Sinn Féin) to Minister Phil Hogan TD, PQ 189: To ask the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government the position regarding the grandfathering clause for architects; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [17100/12]


    27/03/2012   POLITICAL DEBATE

      Gerry Adams TD (Louth, Sinn Féin) to Minister Phil Hogan TD, PQ 414: To ask the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government he will consider an amendment to the Building Control Act 2007 to allow the inclusion of a Grandfather clause in the legislation to facilitate architects who are not members of the RIAI; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [16652/12]


    21/03/2012   POLITICAL DEBATE

      Maureen O'Sullivan TD (Dublin Central, Independent) to Minister Phil Hogan TD, PQ 390: To ask the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government if his attention has been drawn to the European Commission clarification (details supplied) on the grandfather clause for unregistered architects; if he acknowledges the significance of the clarification with regards to architect legislation; if he accepts there is a need to address this clarification immediately; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [15636/12]


    21/03/2012   POLITICAL DEBATE

      Seán Kenny TD (Dublin North East, Labour) to Minister Phil Hogan TD, PQ 363: To ask the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government if he intends to review the Building Control Act 2007. [15287/12]


    21/03/2012   POLITICAL DEBATE

      Finian McGrath TD (Dublin North Central, Independent) to Minister Phil Hogan TD, PQ 356: To ask the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government his views on correspondence regarding a grandfathering clause for architects (details supplied) [15090/12]


    21/03/2012   POLITICAL DEBATE

      Brian Stanley TD (Laois-Offaly, Sinn Féin) to Minister Phil Hogan TD, PQ 354: To ask the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government if his attention has been drawn to the EC clarification on the grandfathering clause aimed at allowing persons who have several years' experience of practising as an architect but who do not have a formal college qualification to be admitted to the official register of architects; if he intends legislating for the matter; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [15088/12]


    15/03/2012   POLITICAL DEBATE

      Clare Daly TD (Dublin North, Socialist Party) to Minister Phil Hogan TD, PQ 91: To ask the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government, noting the European Commission response to Question E-012450/2011 regarding the right of building designers whose qualifications do not meet the Article 46 requirements (BCA 2007) to use the title architect in this State, including any persons whose qualifications would be subject to a grandfather clause, if he will amend BCA 2007 to include a grandfather clause for members of an organisation (details supplied). [14814/12]


    15/03/2012   POLITICAL DEBATE

      Clare Daly TD (Dublin North, Socialist Party) to Minister Phil Hogan TD, PQ 90: To ask the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government, noting the European Commission response to Question E-012450/2011 regarding the right of building designers whose qualifications do not meet the Article 46 requirements (BCA 2007) to use the title architect in this State, including any persons whose qualifications would be subject to a grandfather clause, if he will meet with building designers (details supplied) seeking an amendment of BCA 2007 to include such a grandfather clause. [14813/12


    28/02/2012   POLITICAL DEBATE

      Michael McGrath TD (Cork South Central, Fianna Fáil) to Minister Phil Hogan TD, PQ 473: To ask the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government his plans to amend the Building Control Act 2007 to give recognition to so-called grandfather architects; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [10724/12


    21/02/2012   EUROPEAN NEWS

      Michel Barnier, European Commissioner, confirmed that an Irish Grandfather Clause for acquired-rights architects is permitted under European Law. The Commissioner's statement absolutely contradicts the harmful but widely accepted legal opinion published last year by RIAI Ltd. (See DATA page for full text)


    01/02/2012   POLITICAL DEBATE

      Michael Healy-Rae TD (Kerry South, Independent) to Minister Phil Hogan TD, PQ 126: To ask the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government his views on a matter (details supplied) regarding the Building Control Act 2007; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [5838/12]


    17/01/2012   POLITICAL DEBATE

      Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD (Cavan-Monaghan, Sinn Fein) to Minister Phil Hogan TD, PQ 337: To ask the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government further to Parliamentary Question No. 133 of 30 November 2011, if his attention has been drawn to the fact the Royal College of Architects of Ireland considers that the fee reduction will apply for a period of time; if it is his understanding also that this reduction will apply only for a limited time; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [2164/12]


    11/01/2012   POLITICAL DEBATE

      Maureen O'Sullivan TD (Dublin Central, Independent) to Minister Phil Hogan TD, PQ 514: To ask the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government if the technical assessment directly tests the practical elements of architecture rather than theory based on the student curriculum; if it directly tests the capabilities of unregistered architects who have been long out of third level education; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [40839/11]


    11/01/2012   POLITICAL DEBATE

      Jack Wall TD (Kildare South, Labour) to Minister Phil Hogan TD, PQ 521: To ask the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government his views in regard to the attached submission (details supplied); the action he plans or is proposing in regard to each proposal; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [41057/11]


    11/01/2012   POLITICAL DEBATE

      Maureen O'Sullivan TD to Minister Phil Hogan TD, PQ 536: To ask the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government in respect of unregistered architects, under section 17 of the Building Control Act 2007, subsection (3), if he will define verified hardship for those who may seek a waiver to the technical assessment fees; the exact time frame for which the Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland has agreed to reduce the technical assessment fees from €6,300 to €4,500; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [41278/11]


    20/12/2011   NEWS

     - Jan O'Sullivan TD (Limerick City, Labour) was appointed Minister of State for Housing & Planning.


    10/12/2011   ARCHITECTS' ALLIANCE NEWS

     Architects' Alliance Open Meeting of Self-taught Architects in Ireland at 2h30 pm, Killeshin Hotel, Dublin Road, Portlaoise, County Laois. This is to be an Open Meeting for all disenfranchised architects - which includes those with relevant third level qualifications, membership of professional construction industry bodies and those who are entirely self-taught. However, any Grandfather Clause is expected to be limited to those who have made their livings as architects for over 7/10 years, whether salaried or self-employed. PRESS HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TO REGISTER ONLINE


    13/12/2011   POLITICAL DEBATE

      Joe Costello TD (Dublin Central, Labour) to Minister Phil Hogan TD, PQ 287: To ask the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government if he will reply to correspondence (details supplied) regarding Part 3 of the Building Control Act 2007; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [39451/11]


    06/12/2011   POLITICAL DEBATE

      Robert Troy TD (Longford-Westmeath, Fianna Fail) to Minister Phil Hogan TD, PQ 251: To ask the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government his plans to amend the Building Control Act 2007 as was previously initiated by the 30th Dáil and which had cross-party support at the time; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [38915/11]


    29/11/2011   POLITICAL DEBATE

      James Bannon TD (Longford-Westmeath, Fine Gael) to Minister Phil Hogan TD, PQ 371: To ask the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government the number of applicants in total that have been rejected from sitting the technical assessment exam after paying the initial fee under the Building Control Act 2007, Part 3: Architects, since its enactment; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [37570/11]


    29/11/2011   POLITICAL DEBATE

      Bernard Durkan TD (Kildare North, Fine Gael) to Minister Phil Hogan TD, PQ 367: To ask the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government his future plans, if any, to amend the Building Control Act 2007 to facilitate the use of the title “architect” by self-trained architects who were in operation throughout the country prior to the introduction of the Act and who have been disenfranchised by not being permitted to use the title while performing the same function as architects; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [37501/11]


    29/11/2011   POLITICAL DEBATE

      James Bannon TD (Longford-Westmeath, Fine Gael) to Minister Phil Hogan TD, PQ 374: To ask the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government when will the 2010 annual report, which is stipulated in section 73 of the Building Control Act 2007: Architects, be published and put on sale, taking into account that it is now November 2011; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [37573/11]

    PQ 373: To ask the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government the number of applicants who have failed the technical assessment exam under the Building Control Act 2007, Part 3: Architects, since its enactment; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [37572/11]

    PQ 372: To ask the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government the number of applicants who have passed the technical assessment exam under the Building Control Act 2007, Part 3: Architects, since its enactment; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [37571/11]

    PQ 370: To ask the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government the number of persons in total that have applied for technical assessment under the Building Control Act 2007, Part 3: Architects, since its enactment; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [37569/11]


    22/11/2011   POLITICAL DEBATE

      Michelle Mulherin TD to Minister Phil Hogan TD, PQ 343: To ask the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government if he will give his assurance that the registration fee for architects, building surveyors and quantity surveyors, as outlined in the Building Control Act 2007, sections 17(1), 31(1) and 45(1), will be used solely for the purpose of registering an applicant with the relevant registration body and that no element of the registration fee will be used for membership fees or other administrative costs of the registration bodies. [35444/11]


    22/11/2011   POLITICAL DEBATE

      Maureen O'Sullivan TD to Minister Phil Hogan, PQ 359: To ask the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government if he recognises the conflict of interests inherent in the Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland while it represents and promotes registered architects, advises the Government on building issues and protects the consumers; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [35752/11]


    15/11/2011   POLITICAL DEBATE

      Luke Flanagan TD to Minister Phil Hogan, PQ 412: To ask the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government his views that the costly and non-inclusive routes for the registration of architects with acquired rights constitutes the sheltering of the architecture profession and that the State, the public and consumers are thereby ill-served by Part 3 of the Building Control Act 2007; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [34673/11]


    15/11/2011   POLITICAL DEBATE

      Luke Flanagan TD to Minister Phil Hogan, PQ 411: To ask the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government if he will amend the Building Control Act 2007 to include a grandfather clause for those with acquired rights and so enable them to continue to certify as architects in the State without being criminalised; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [34672/11]


    15/11/2011   POLITICAL DEBATE

      Luke Flanagan TD to Minister Phil Hogan, PQ 410: To ask the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government if his attention has been drawn to the fact that the €4,500 technical assessment fee for architects under the Building Control Act 2007 makes that assessment the most costly of its type in the world; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [34671/11]


    15/11/2011   POLITICAL DEBATE

      Luke Flanagan TD to Minister Phil Hogan, PQ 409: To ask the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government if he has estimated the cost to domestic consumers of removing a significant number of architects from the market through the absence of a standard grandfather clause in part 3 of the Building Control Act 2007; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [34670/11]


    15/11/2011   NEWS

      - Willie Penrose TD, Minister of State for Housing & Planning resigns over a constituency issue


    15/11/2011   POLITICAL DEBATE

      Luke Flanagan TD to Minister Phil Hogan, PQ 408: To ask the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government if his attention has been drawn to the fact that the Building Control Act 2007 has created a situation whereby the dominant representative association (details supplied) is also the regulating body for that profession, contrary to the specific recommendations of the Competition Authority; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [34669/11]


    10/11/2011   POLITICAL DEBATE

      Terence Flanagan TD to Minister Phil Hogan, PQ 134: To ask the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government his views on a matter (details supplied) regarding architects; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [33893/11]


    10/11/2011   POLITICAL DEBATE

      Terence Flanagan TD to Minister Phil Hogan, PQ 131: To ask the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government if he will respond to correspondence (details supplied) regarding architects; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [33874/11]


    08/11/2011   POLITICAL DEBATE

      Maureen O'Sullivan TD to Minister Phil Hogan, PQ 324: To ask the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government if he will acknowledge the role RIAI certified architects play in the design of buildings according to fire safety regulations; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [32774/11]


    08/11/2011   POLITICAL DEBATE

      Maureen O'Sullivan TD to Minister Phil Hogan, PQ 323: To ask the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government the steps he is taking to address the non-representation of non-registered architects within the Building Regulations Advisory Body; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [32773/11]


    03/11/2011   POLITICAL DEBATE

      Nicky McFadden TD to Minister Hogan, PQ 108: To ask the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government the number of persons who have applied for technical assessment under the Building Control Act 2007 since its introduction; the number of applications in total that have been rejected from sitting the technical assessment after paying the initial fee; the number of applicants that have passed the technical assessment exam; the number of applicants who have failed the technical assessment exam; the date on which the 2010 annual report which is stipulated in section 73 of the Building Control Act 2007 will be published and be made available to the public taking into account that it is now November 2011. [32572/11]


    02/11/2011   POLITICAL DEBATE

      Alex White TD to Minister Phil Hogan, PQ 303: To ask the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government if it is planned to amend the Building Control Act 2007 to insert a grandfather clause with a view to allowing experienced self-taught architects to use the term architect in carrying out their business; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [32394/11]


    02/11/2011   POLITICAL DEBATE

      Brendan Griffin TD to Minister Phil Hogan, PQ 293: To ask the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government his views on a matter (details supplied) regarding the Building Control Act 2007; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [32247/11]


    02/11/2011   REGISTRATION NEWS

      News from the Office of the Director of Corporate Enforcement:- "This office has been in further contact with the company (RIAI Ltd) and they have made the required changes in order to comply with The European Communities (Companies) (Amendment) Regulations 2007.". It must be noted that RIAI Ltd was in breach of European Law since 1997.


    27/10/2011   ARCHITECTS' ALLIANCE NEWS

      The Irish Times publishes an Alliance letter: "After Priory Hall" - Access the Press Article -


    26/10/2011   ARCHITECTS' ALLIANCE NEWS

      Alliance Member Tom Byrne receives a Commendation in the Single House in the Open Countryside category of the Clare County Council Design and Conservation Awards Scheme 2011.


    21/10/2011    NEWS

      Minister Phil Hogan announces plans for mandatory certification in 2012:- "A MANDATORY certification process to ensure adequate standards in houses and apartments is to be introduced" - Access the Press Article -


    20/10/2011   ARCHITECTS' ALLIANCE NEWS

      Alliance Member Joe Fallon is shortlisted for the CMG "Architectural Practice of the Year" Award


    12/10/2011   NEWS

      Priory Hall debacle becomes a major embarrassing news for the Irish Building Control system.


    04/10/2011   POLITICAL DEBATE

      Finian McGrath TD TD to Minister Phil Hogan, PQ 433: To ask the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government if he will address the concerns of an alliance (details supplied). [27264/11]


    27/09/2011   POLITICAL DEBATE

      Ciarán Lynch TD to Minister Phil Hogan, PQ 355: To ask the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government his plans to amend or review the Building Control Act 2007 to take account of persons who have long practised as architects but who do not meet the requirements of the Act; his plans to provide for an independent investigation into the appropriateness and fairness of the Act as it applies to such persons; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [26220/11]


    27/09/2011   NEWS

      Architects' Alliance presentation to the Technical Group of Independent Deputies.


    14/09/2011   REGISTRATION NEWS

      Minister Phil Hogan prescribes the Technical Assessment fee at €4,500.


    14/09/2011   POLITICAL DEBATE

      Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD to Minister Phil Hogan, PQ 572: To ask the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government further to Parliamentary Question No. 255 of 14 May 2011, the position regarding his review of the fees charged for registration as an architect. [23460/11]


    14/09/2011   POLITICAL DEBATE

      Willie O'Dea TD to Minister Phil Hogan, PQ 554: To ask the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government his plans to provide a technical assessment for architects, similar to that already provided for the grandfather surveyors under the Building Control Act 2007. [23223/11]


    14/09/2011   POLITICAL DEBATE

      Terence Flanagan TD to Minister Phil Hogan, PQ 550: To ask the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government the position regarding the registration of architects as laid out under Part 3 of the Building Control Act 2007. [23205/11]


    19/07/2011   POLITICAL DEBATE

      Joanna Tuffy TD (Dublin Mid West, Labour) to Minister Phil Hogan, PQ 373: To ask the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government the position regarding the submission made to him in July 2010 from Engineers Ireland on the regulation of the engineering profession here; if this submission has been considered by him; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [21390/11]


    15/07/2011   REGISTRATION NEWS

      EU Pilot Procedure announced to investigate the Irish registration system rules for Directive-rights architects


    30/06/2011   REGISTRATION NEWS

      A newly devised RIAI Ltd certificate is now required before Directive-rights Irish architects can avail of mutual recognition


    15/06/2011   ARCHITECTS' ALLIANCE NEWS

      Alliance Members Adrian Turner & Joe Fallon have projects published in PLAN Magazine


    08/06/2011   REGISTRATION NEWS

      Minister Phil Hogan appoints members to the Professional Conduct Committee and the Appeals Boards under Part 3 of the BCA 2007


    01/06/2011   POLITICAL DEBATE

      Eric Byrne TD to Minister Phil Hogan, PQ 154: To ask the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government in relation to the Building Control Act 2007, if he is committed to ensuring that a grandfather clause is implemented as regards Part 3 of the Act; if he will confirm that an independent auditing group for architects is established as opposed to the RIAI; and if he will ensure that a grandfather clause is instituted and that members of the Architects Alliance of Ireland are allowed to continue to practice and use the title architect. [13767/11]


    01/06/2011   NEWS

      Ciarán Lynch TD is appointed as Chairperson of the Oireachtas Committee on the Environment, Transport, Culture and the Gaeltacht


    31/05/2011   POLITICAL DEBATE

      Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD (Cavan-Monaghan, Sinn Fein) to Minister Phil Hogan, PQ 234: To ask the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government if he has received communication from the European Commission through the EU pilot system in relation to the compatibility of section 22 of the Building Control Act 2007 with European law on free movement of workers; if he has or will reply to this communication; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [13654/11]


    24/05/2011   POLITICAL DEBATE

      Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD to Minister Phil Hogan, PQ 255: To ask the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government further to Parliamentary Question No. 205 of 19 April 2011, the status of his reply to the correspondence referred to therein. [12846/11]


    03/05/2011   POLITICAL DEBATE

      John McGuinness TD to Minister Phil Hogan (answered by Minister of State Willie Penrose), PQ399: To ask the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government further to Parliamentary Question No. 65 of the 31 March 2011, the cost to him of the two boards mentioned; the payments made to each board member and the chairperson; the future costs of the appeals board and professional practice committee once appointed; if he has considered a more cost effective and efficient way of dealing with this type of registration in view of the fact that to date there is only one application; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [9310/11]


    19/04/2011   POLITICAL DEBATE

      Terence Flanagan TD to Minister Phil Hogan (answered by Minister of State Willie Penrose) PQ212: To ask the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government the position regarding aspects of the Building Control Act 2007 (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [8514/11]


    31/03/2011   POLITICAL DEBATE

      John McGuinness TD to Minister Phil Hogan, PQ 65: To ask the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government under the Building Control Act 2007, Part 3, the person who appoints the stage 3 interview board and the technical assessment board relevant to the evaluation process for applications; if the appeals board has been set up and if so, if he will name the board members and their qualifications; the number of appeals outstanding and the number of appeals dealt with; the time frame for each appeal; and if he will make a statement on the matter.


    24/03/2011   POLITICAL DEBATE

      Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD to Minister Phil Hogan, PQ58 : To ask the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government his plans to amend the Building Control Act to address the situation facing trained and qualified architects who are effectively being prevented from registering to use that title due to the excessive registration fee; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [5582/11



     18/03/2011   EUROPEAN NEWS

      A detailed submission was made by the Alliance in response to the European Commission's Public Consultation on the Recognition of Professional Qualifications Directive. That submission can be read HERE. The submission included an analysis of an Experience Report compiled by RIAI LTD as part of an official evaluation of the Professional Qualifications Directive. That report can be read HERE.
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     10/03/2011   NEWS

      31st Dáil - The Architects' Alliance of Ireland has pleasure in congratulating Deputy Willie Penrose on his appointment as Minister of State for Housing and Planning. The Alliance looks forward to Minister Penrose's support in correcting the deficiencies in the Building Control Act 2007 that were identified by the Environment JOC at its Hearing of the 20th May 2010.



     09/03/2011   NEWS

      31st Dáil - The Architects' Alliance of Ireland has pleasure in congratulating Deputy Phil Hogan (Carlow-Kilkenny, Fine Gael) on his appointment as the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government in the 31st Dáil. The Alliance looks forward to Minister Hogan correcting the deficiencies in the Building Control Act 2007 that were identified by the Environment JOC at its Hearing of the 20th May 2010.



     20/01/2011   EUROPEAN NEWS

      The European Directorate for Education and Culture is organizing public consultations which are relevant to the registration of architects. The subjects of these consultations are "the Recognition of Professional, Qualifications" and "the Promotion and Validation of non-formal and informal Learning". All citizens and organisations are welcome to contribute. The goal of the first consultation is aimed at deciding if learning acquired through work and life experience needs to be revalorized within the community, and if so, how shall it be? The closing date for submissions is 09/02/2011.You can access more information by clicking HERE
    . The second consultation is aimed at gathering views on a modernisation of the Professional Qualifications Directive (Directive 2005/36/EC). The closing date for submissions is 15/03/2011. You can access more information by clicking HERE.


    29/11/2010   REGISTRATION NEWS

      A legal Opinion prepared at the request of the Alliance by Mr Anthony M Collins SC was submitted to the Department of the Environment Heritage and Local Government. Mr Collins wrote: "I conclude that there is no conflict between the provisions of the Bill and the law of the European Union, notably the Directive". The Minister's office confirmed that Mr Collins' Opinion will be passed to the Attorney-General's office for his advice. You can access the legal opinion HERE.


    18/11/2010   REGISTRATION NEWS

      News from the Office of the Director of Corporate Enforcement

    The Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland Limited was forced to admit to its persistent failure to properly disclose its true status - which is that of a Limited Company. The limited liability of its 2,800 or so members is One Euro per person. The obligation to disclose limited liability and the names of company directors is made under both the Companies Act and European law. The Director of Corporate Enforcement has accepted the company's assurance that it will henceforth use only fully compliant letterheads and websites. It seems that those legal disclosures have always been eschewed by RIAI Ltd.


    16/11/2010   REGISTRATION NEWS

      "GRANDFATHER" AMENDMENT ENDORSED. The Fianna Fáil Parliamentary Party gave its overwelming support to the Building Control (Amendment) Bill 2010. The Bill provides for the inclusion of a standard Grandfather Clause for architects in the Building Control Act 2007. Thanks to Deputy Máire Hoctor's successful Motion, the Bill has now progressed to formal examination by the Attorney-General. This is another hugely significant advance in the Alliance campaign.


    11/11/2010   REGISTRATION NEWS

     
    A significant meeting took place between the Alliance and Mr Gavin Daly, Special Advisor to Minister Ciarán Cuffe. Among the matters discussed was a widely circulated legal Opinion prepared by Mr Gerard Hogan SC on behalf of the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland. Mr Hogan had concluded that the Building Control (Amendment) Bill 2010, if enacted, "would plainly be unlawful as contrary to requirements of EU law". The Alliance indicated its opposition and was invited to make a submission in writing for passing onto the Attorney-General. Also flagged were the procedural defects in the Building Control Act itself and the continuing harm caused by the premature opening of the Statutory Register for Architects.


    10/11/2010   POLITICAL DEBATE

      Ciarán Lynch TD to Minister John Gormley, PQ 244: To ask the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government his plans to amend the Building Control Act 2007 to take cognisance of a newly created category of architect (details supplied) and the impact that category has on Section 14(4) of the Act; if so, the further amendments he envisages making to the Act; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [41780/10]


    10/11/2010   POLITICAL DEBATE

      Ciarán Lynch TD to Minister John Gormley, PQ 243: To ask the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government if he will confirm, with particular regard to relevant case law (details supplied), that an architect who is eligible for registration in accordance with section 14(2)(b) of the Building Control Act 2007, is not obliged, once so registered, to remain a member of the relevant body in order to remain named on the register of architects [41779/10]


    10/11/2010   POLITICAL DEBATE

      Bernard Durkan TD Dáil debate, Property Services (Regulation) Bill 2009: "The Building Control Act, which passed some years ago, was supposed to control, regulate and ensure development took place in an orderly fashion and that consumers and householders, whether renting or purchasing, were protected. Unfortunately, that did not happen. Nor does it happen yet."


    05/11/2010   REGISTRATION NEWS

     The UK Architects Registration Board (ARB) faces a long anticipated challenge over the disjuncture between the UK registration rules for UK Graduates compared to the easier rules it is obliged to apply to other EU graduates.
    See article.


    27/10/2010   POLITICAL DEBATE

      Joe McHugh TD to Minister John Gormley, PQ 480: To ask the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government his plans to amend the 2007 Building Control Act; if the requirements for inclusion on the Register of Architects will be changed; if any relevant secondary legislation or statutory instrument is envisaged; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [38525/10]


    21/10/2010   REGISTRATION NEWS

      A private complaint pointing to a potential breach of European Law by Section 22 of the Building Control Act 2007 is being pursued by the European Commission.


    09/10/2010   MEMBERS'MEETING

      A general meeting of the Alliance took place in Portlaoise to discuss lobbying and other business. Alliance meetings with the Royal Institute are underway.


    29/09/2010   POLITICAL DEBATE

      Alan Shatter TD to Minister John Gormley, PQ 1491: To ask the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government his views on the Private Member's Bill published by Deputy O'Donoghue to amend the Building Control Act 2007; if he intends to introduce his own Bill further addressing the registration of architects; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [33034/10]


    29/09/2010   POLITICAL DEBATE

      Michael Ring TD to Minister John Gormley, PQ 1486: To ask the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government if he will move a Bill (details supplied) or amend the 2007 Act with particular reference to a certain clause; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [32938/10]


    29/09/2010   POLITICAL DEBATE

      Phil Hogan TD to Minister John Gormley, PQ 1458: To ask the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government if he plans to amend the Building Control Act 2007 or move the Building Control (Amendment) Bill 2010 published by Deputy John O'Donoghue; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [32170/10]


    29/09/2010   POLITICAL DEBATE

      Finian McGrath TD to Minister John Gormley, PQ 1447: To ask the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government if he will support a matter (details supplied). [32021/10]


    13/09/2010   EUROPEAN NEWS

      A Stakeholder response was made by the Alliance to the European Commission's questionnaire on the Services Directive. The response document can be read HERE.


    20/08/2010   REGISTRATION NEWS

      ODCE Complaint - The Alliance lodged a formal complaint to the Office of the Director of Corporate Enforcement regarding RIAI Limited's persistent failure to comply with the Company Law and EU Law disclosure rules for companies limited by guarantee.


    07/08/2010   MEMBERS'MEETING

      A general meeting of the Alliance took place in Portlaoise to review progress and for other business. An Executive Committee was elected.


    16/07/2010   REGISTRATION NEWS

      Former Ceann Comhairle John O’Donoghue TD introduced a Private Member's Bill to amend the Building Control Act 2007. The Building Control (Amendment) Bill 2010 provides a “grandfather clause” to enable long established, self-trained architects to reclaim their status. Mr O’Donoghue said the Bill would “prevent hundreds of working architects from losing out on their official status because they pursued a different route to qualification”.
    The Architects Alliance is delighted by Mr. O'Donoghue's initiative which will restore competition and consumer choice to the profession whilst correcting the injustices of the new registration regime. A lobbying programme in support of the Bill is now being prepared by the Alliance.


    08/07/2010   POLITICAL DEBATE

      Noel Coonan TD (Tipperary North, Fine Gael) to Minister John Gormley TD, PQ 16: To ask the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government his views on the inclusion of a grandfather clause for practically trained architects in the Building Control Act 2007; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [30533/10]


    08/07/2010   POLITICAL DEBATE

      Damien English TD to Minister John Gormley, PQ 19: To ask the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government if he will appear before the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Environment, Heritage and Local Government following the invitation formally issued by the Committee on 18 May 2010 to discuss the Building Control Act 2007 and the problems suffered by practically trained architects; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [30547/10]


    22/06/2010   POLITICAL DEBATE

      James Reilly TD to Minister John Gormley, PQ 423: To ask the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government his plans to address the concerns of an organisation (details supplied) regarding promoting diversity and choice in architecture; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [26915/10]


    22/06/2010   POLITICAL DEBATE

      Phil Hogan TD to Minister John Gormley, PQ 412: To ask the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government if he has received an invitation from the Joint Committee on Environment, Heritage and Local Government to appear before it to answer questions on the problems arising with architects from the imposition of the Building Control Act; if he has indicated if he will appear before the committee and when the committee can expect a response; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [26778/10]]


    15/06/2010   POLITICAL DEBATE

      Maureen O'Sullivan TD to Minister John Gormley, PQ 438: To ask the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government if he will confirm that an Irish national is obliged to obtain UK citizenship to be assured of registration as an architect in his home State here (details supplied). [25523/10]


     12/06/2010   MEMBERS' MEETING

      A general meeting of the Alliance took place in Portlaoise to review progress and other business. A temporary Steering Committee was formed.


    02/06/2010   POLITICAL DEBATE

      Chris Andrews TD to Minister John Gormley, PQ 163: To ask the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government if he is considering the inclusion of a grandfather clause in the Building Control Act 2007, to counter the unintended impact that the implementation of Part 3 of the Act may have on some professionals in the area. [23705/10]


    18/05/2010   POLITICAL DEBATE

      Phil Hogan TD (Fine Gael's Spokesman on Environment, Heritage & Local Government) tabled the closing resolution made by the Chair of today's Hearing at the Joint Committee on the Environment: "We will invite the Minister to come before the joint committee to discuss these issues."


    18/05/2010   REGISTRATION NEWS

      Today's Joint Committee on the Environment Hearing was a resounding success for Architects' Alliance and for all architects disenfranchised by Part 3 of the Building Control Act 2007.

    Thanks are due to the committee members and to the four "non-committee" Deputies who also made time to study the issues, attend and speak. Maureen O'Sullivan TD, who was present as an independent observer, has sent us a strong message of support.

    The JOC determined that ordinary, decent standards should be applied to us, in place of the extraordinary, costly and uncertain provisions of the Act. Some JOC questions were unanswered because time was limited. We will revert to the JOC in writing after the Minutes have been published. The Hearing closed with a JOC decision to request the attendance of the Minister in order to progress the urgent question of a Grandfather Clause.
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    12/05/2010   POLITICAL DEBATE

      Mary Upton TD to Minister John Gormley, PQ 217: To ask the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government if he will respond to correspondence (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [19509/10]


    07/05/2010   REGISTRATION NEWS

      As a result of lobbying by Architects' Alliance, the Joint Committee on the Environment has decided to call a meeting to consider the difficulties arising from Part 3 of the BCA 2007 and the absence of a Grandfather Clause in the Act. This is not speculation, it is now verifiable, public information. Architects' Alliance has asked that in addition to making its own presentation, the committee should consider inviting RIAI Ltd and the Competition Authority asked to keep its presentation confined to 10 minutes, and a general question and answer session will ensue for the following 50 minutes.


    27/04/2010   POLITICAL DEBATE

      Fergus O'Dowd TD to Minister John Gormley, PQ 325: To ask the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government his views on correspondence (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [16688/10]


    27/04/2010   POLITICAL DEBATE

      Mary Upton TD to Minister John Gormley, PQ 322: To ask the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government if he will respond to correspondence (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [16520/10]


    27/04/2010   POLITICAL DEBATE

      Finian McGrath TD to Minister John Gormley, PQ 318: To ask the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government if he will support a matter (details supplied). [16437/10]


    19/04/2010   NEWS

      Following complaints from AA members and others, the National Consumer Agency has withdrawn a web page that encouraged consumers to employ only architects approved by RIAI Ltd and to avoid their competitors. The NCA is now reviewing its position.


    15/04/2010   REGISTRATION NEWS

      The Competition Authority has replied to Architects' Alliance's complaints against the registration procedure. One of the numerous replies to our members can be accessed by clicking
    HERE. The Competition Authority acknowledges the wrong doings of RIAI ltd, but does not have the power to take action against the regulator.


    14/04/2010   POLITICAL DEBATE

      Phil Hogan TD (Fine Gael's Spokesman on Environment, Heritage & Local Government) responded to Alliance lobbying by making a formal request to the Joint Committee on the Environment: "In response to this correspondence I have written to the Chairman of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Environment, Heritage and Local Government to arrange a meeting with representatives from the RIAI, the Architects' Alliance and with officials from the Department of Environment, Heritage and Local Government in order to put these grievances on the public record and to seek possible solutions."


    08/04/2010   REGISTRATION NEWS

      The Law Society Gazette published an article from Architects’ Alliance to express members’ concerns about the Building Control Act 2007 and its implementation by RIAI ltd. You can access the article by clicking HERE.


    27/03/2010   MEMBERS' MEETING

      A members only meeting took place in Portlaoise today. Reports were delivered and strategy including our next steps were agreed. The formation of regional sub-committees will be encouraged. Minutes of the meeting will be sent to all members, including to those who could not attend.


    09/03/2010   POLITICAL DEBATE

      Brian Hayes TD to Minister John Gormley, PQ 356: To ask the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government if his attention has been drawn to the unintended consequence that will follow the enactment and implementation of Part 3 of the Building Control Act 2007, which deals with the protection of the title of architect; and if his attention has been further drawn to the damage to more than 1,000 architects and their families as a result of the enactment of this part of the Bill in question; his views on an organisation (details supplied) whose members will be given an unfair advantage from this enactment; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [11397/10]


    04/03/2010   REGISTRATION NEWS

      Architects' Alliance prepares a complaint to The Competition Authority related to the inequitable and anti-competitive nature of part 3 of the Building Control Act 2007 and its implementation. Some members have started to meet on a local basis to discuss AA matters. This is a valuable initiative and we particularly encourage others to do the same. Evidence of anti-competition measures arising from or supported by the implementation of the Act (as distinct from complaining about the contents of the Act) is being compiled.


    04/03/2010   POLITICAL DEBATE

      Paul Kehoe TD to Minister Mary Coughlan, PQ 47: To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment the options available to a person who wishes to seek redress for poor delivery of professional services from an architect; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [10998/10]


    04/03/2010   POLITICAL DEBATE

      Maureen O'Sullivan TD to Minister John Gormley, PQ 127: To ask the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government further to Parliamentary Question No. 281 of 17 December 2009, if his attention has been drawn to the fact that persons working in the field of architecture in France who are properly established and ensured taxes were paid for the five years before their cut off date were placed on the register of architects without hindrance; his views regarding the situation here; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [10967/10]


    02/03/2010   POLITICAL DEBATE

      Ruairi Quinn TD to Minister John Gormley, PQ 428: To ask the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government if he will raise the matter of costs of registering as an architect here with an organisation (details supplied); if his attention has been drawn to the fact that the registration fee here is €490 while in the UK, it is £86; if he will further raise with the organisation the possibility of introducing a separate charge which would include registration but not automatic membership to its organisation; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [10340/10]


    01/03/2010   IRISH NEWS

      The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland's ruling against the RIAI Ltd advertisements is aired by RTÉ


    25/02/2010   REGISTRATON NEWS

      Following a complaint lodged by Architects' Alliance, an advertising campaign promoting a new register of architects has been deemed misleading after the broadcasting watchdog found it implied that "unqualified" architects could not be trusted. More information on this subject is available by clicking HERE


    18/02/2010   POLITICAL DEBATE

      Phil Hogan TD to Minister John Gormley, PQ 178: To ask the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government if he is satisfied with the manner in which the Building Control Act 2007 has been implemented regarding the registration of non-Royal Institute of Architects in Ireland architects; if the new registration process will be fully completed before officially launching a register of architects; his views on whether the premature launch of this register will have significant consumer choice or market distortion effects; and if he will make a statement on the matter.


    10/02/2010   POLITICAL DEBATE

      Maureen O'Sullivan TD to Minister John Gormley, PQ 270: To ask the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government if he will suspend the progress of Part 3 of the Building Control Act 2007 to allow further investigation and discussion in view of the concerns on the part of persons that will be affected if same will be implemented; if he will meet with an organisation (details supplied) to prepare an amendment to the Act to endorse the established status of architect of the organisation in order to allow an orderly transition to the official register; and if he will consider removing another organisation (details supplied) as the statutory body and replace it with a completely independent registrar. [7090/10]


    09/02/2010   NEWS

      The Law Society is maintaining its "10-year Rule" for certification.The caveats are much the same as in the past. Information and an advice note are to be prepared for issue to AA members.


    28/01/2010   POLITICAL DEBATE

      Ruairi Quinn TD (Dublin South East, Labour) to Minister John Gormley TD, PQ 149. To ask the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government if the Building Control Act 2007 gives an organisation (details supplied) the right to set dates for when technical assessments will be carried out; the reason applicants are charged a fee of €6,500 when the assessors will only be paid approximately a tenth of that fee; his views on whether it is fair that applicants that choose to appeal the decision of the technical assessment are charged €4,500 for the appeal; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [4427/10]


    19/01/2010   POLITICAL DEBATE

      Phil Hogan TD to Minister John Gormley, PQ 856: To ask the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government when he will appoint the professional conduct committee to deal with matters in relation to the architectural profession; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [48565/09]


    17/12/2009   POLITICAL DEBATE

      Liz McManus TD to Minister John Gormley, PQ 308: To ask the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government his views regarding concerns from practising architects on the delays in the technical assessment process; his further views on the implementation of a new registration scheme for architects, when the technical assessment process is facing such delays and affects practising architects who cannot register and who do not qualify for automatic registration as an architect; if he will provide an update on the technical assessment process; if he will introduce a fast tracking system for existing businesses in the assessment scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [48216/09]


    17/12/2009   POLITICAL DEBATE

      Maureen O'Sullivan TD to Minister John Gormley, PQ 281: To ask the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government if he will make an amendment to the Building Control Act 2009 by providing a ministerial list, similar to one made by a Minister in 1997, to allow architects who have been working under law society guidelines for a period of ten years or more automatic entry to the register similar to those from the 1997 list. [47784/09]


    09/12/2009   POLITICAL DEBATE

      Ciarán Lynch TD to Minister John Gormley, PQ 205: To ask the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government if his attention has been drawn to radio advertisements by an organisation (details supplied) denigrating, as incompetent, architects who are not registered with that body; if his further attention has been drawn to the negative impact of such advertisements on experienced architects in legitimate practice who are in the process of registration; if he will take steps to prevent this unfair practice; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [46129/09]


    26/11/2009   POLITICAL DEBATE

      Paul Kehoe TD to Minister John Gormley, PQ 265: To ask the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government his views in view of the recent launch of the register of Royal Institute of Architects in Ireland on whether it is fair and equitable that a RIBA qualified architect practising here will be refused membership of the new register unless they complete a one-year course at a cost of E11,500 and then apply for membership with another association at a cost of â‚4,500 for a technical assessment; his further views on the fact that these are highly prohibitive costs for members of an industry which is suffering under the pressures of the current economic climate to find the resources to cover these costs when they are already the holders of an internationally recognised qualification; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [43847/09]


    05/11/2009   POLITICAL DEBATE

      Ciarán Lynch TD to Minister John Gormley (answered by Minister of State Michael Finneran), PQ 205: To ask the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government if he has prepared an advice note for companies (details supplied) which, for the past ten, 20 or 30 years have been legally trading under a name, style or title containing the word "architect"; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [39808/09]


    13/10/2009   POLITICAL DEBATE

      George Lee TD to Minister John Gormley, PQ 401: To ask the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government the reason he has no plans to suspend Part 3 of the Building Control Act 2007 in view of the hardship that it is causing to architects; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [35644/09]


    06/10/2009   POLITICAL DEBATE

      Alan Shatter TD to Minister John Gormley, PQ 1007: To ask the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government if he will meet an organisation (details supplied) to discuss with them their concerns about Part 3 of the Building Control Act 2007; the consideration given by him to date to their concerns; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [34372/09]


    06/10/2009   POLITICAL DEBATE

      George Lee TD to Minister John Gormley, PQ 965: To ask the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government his views on suspending Part 3 of the Building Control Act 2007, in view of the effect it is having on experienced architects (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [33256/09]


    24/09/2009   POLITICAL DEBATE

      Ciarán Lynch TD to Minister John Gormley, PQ 102: To ask the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government when Part 3 of the Building Control Act 2007 will be implemented; the provision which is being made to take account of the concerns raised by practising architects who are not members of the Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland in regard to the registration process; if consideration has been given to the grandfather rule, as implemented in other jurisdictions; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [32833/09]


    ../06/2009   ARCHITECTS' ALLIANCE NEWS

     Alliance Member Tom Byrne and his team partner Kostas Wootis win the Green Apple Conservation Award for the Built Environment (England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland)


    18/12/2008   POLITICAL DEBATE

      Martin Ferris TD to Minister John Gormley, PQ 297 - To ask the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government his view on the number of architects qualifying under the technical assessment pilot scheme. [47493/08]


    08/05/2008   POLITICAL DEBATE

      Phil Hogan TD to Minister John Gormley, PQ 558: To ask the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government if his attention has been drawn to the fact that the simultaneous commencement of Sections 18 and 21 of the Building Control Act 2007 has had the effect of causing practising architects to be in breach of the law; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [17227/08]


    08/05/2008   POLITICAL DEBATE

      Phil Hogan TD to Minister John Gormley, PQ 557: To ask the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government if he will revoke Statutory Instrument No. 50 of 2008 and ensure that any further commencement of Part 3 of the Building Control Act 2007 will be on a phased basis; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [17226/08]


    08/05/2008   POLITICAL DEBATE

      Phil Hogan TD to Minister John Gormley, PQ 556: To ask the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government if his attention has been drawn to the fact that failure to delay the commencement of Section 18 of the Building Control Act 2007, until such time as the Technical Assessment Board is ready to receive applications has had the effect of causing practising architects to be in breach of the law; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [17225/08]


    01/05/2008   POLITICAL DEBATE

      Phil Hogan TD to Minister John Gormley, PQ 192: To ask the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government when the proper technical board will be set up to vet new membership to the Royal Institute of Architects Ireland; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [17025/08]


    28/04/2008   POLITICAL DEBATE

      Phil Hogan TD to Minister John Gormley, PQ 480: To ask the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government when he expects Part 3 of the Building Control Act 2007 to be fully enacted and a technical assessment board to be fully operational; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [16477/08]


    17/04/2008   POLITICAL DEBATE

      Phil Hogan TD to Minister John Gormley, PQ 631: To ask the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government if he will review the Building Control Act 2007 to remove anomalies regarding membership of the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [13843/08]


    12/02/2008   POLITICAL DEBATE

      Leo Varadkar TD to Minister John Gormley, PQ 608: To ask the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government the recommendations of the Competition Authority regarding architects that he has implemented to date; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [4681/08]


    11/12/2007   POLITICAL DEBATE

      Leo Varadkar TD to Minister John Gormley, PQ 933: To ask the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government the response by his Department to the recommendations made to his Department by the Competition Authority in its March 2006 report on competition in the architecture profession; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [33318/07]


    01/03/2007   POLITICAL DEBATE

      Ruairi Quinn TD (Dublin South East, Labour) - Building Control Bill 2005: Report Stage - I move amendment No. 8: In page 6, between lines 14 and 15, to insert the following: "grandfather clause" means the provisions of this Act (principally section 20) which enables a person to be registered as an architect based on training acquired by practical means.

    In the interest of brevity I shall not repeat the arguments I have made elsewhere but this amendment is tabled at the request of a group of people who feel exposed and vulnerable because they may not have the necessary formal academic training certificates or qualifications but have a lifetime of experience which, in some cases, may be more valuable than theoretical academic work. They fear that if they are to be assessed further in the process of the administration of this legislation when it becomes law, that training would be deemed by some assessors to be training that took place in a classroom or under the umbrella of a course or institute.

    The grandfather clause here explicitly proposes to mean "an architect based on training acquired by practical means". This group exists, is earning its living and will not be replicated so this amendment does not leave a door open for a new generation of people to come in by the same means because registration will cover those people.I ask the Minister of State to reconsider this seriously. It is a definition clause that applies later. I have been through the Bill with my legal advisers and believe this clause will provide considerable comfort for people who do not know whether they will be able to come through the process of registration. They have fears for their livelihood that nobody else shares.

    To refuse this would verge on being unconstitutional, because a group might find its lifetime's experience and livelihood affected, through no fault of its own but because of a technical adjudication by somebody more academically orientated. It is deliberately phrased as a grandfather clause because it will tidy itself up, so to speak. That may not be an elegant phrase but the Minister of State knows what I am trying to say. I urge the Minister of State to consider this.


    14/02/2006   POLITICAL DEBATE

      Ruairi Quinn TD (Dublin South East, Labour) - Building Control Bill 2005: Second Stage - I welcome the different qualifications concerning the register. There is standard recognition of the various qualifying colleges. There is also the grandfather clause, as it has been called, and the list of people who were accepted by the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government by one of the Minister's predecessors in respect of those deemed to be eligible to qualify, all of whom I presume, upon the enactment of this legislation, will automatically be deemed to qualify and can proceed. In speaking to John Graby, the director of the RIAI, this morning, I understand it in turn is ready to proceed immediately once the Bill is enacted.

    I want to put two issues to the Minister for consideration which we might tease out on Committee Stage. I know the convention of our legislative system is to be prescriptive in defining the various institutions that produce qualified architects but we might need to examine some kind of enabling provision as a catch-all to give some flexibility in recognising standards rather than being as rigid as we are currently. Deputy O'Dowd's point was well made. There are many ways of getting to the top of a particular professional or academic mountain. It does not always have to be immersion in a three year and then a five year course. We should be as flexible as we can because we need that flexibility.


     

     

     

     

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