Engineers Ireland gives evidence to Oireachtas Joint Committee on Vacant Housing Refurbishment Bill

Engineers Ireland gives evidence to Oireachtas Joint Committee on Vacant Housing Refurbishment Bill

03 April 2018 at 13:43
Richard Manton, Policy Officer
Policy Officer, Richard Manton Council Member, John Bailey

Engineers Ireland Policy Officer, Richard Manton (left), and Council member, John Bailey (right), provided evidence to the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Housing, Planning and Local Government on the Vacant Housing Refurbishment Bill.

They welcomed the Bill in principle as endeavours to increase the delivery of much-needed units of accommodation. If done correctly, bringing vacant properties into residential use could also revitalise villages, towns and cities.

However, they argued that the Bill, as currently drafted, will have little effect on the availability of accommodation in the short or medium term and has the potential for unintended consequences such as compromising building standards and safety.

You can read Engineers Ireland’s opening statement to the Committee here and you can watch the playback of the proceedings below (1.54:00)