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Construction engineering, Law

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Housing Ireland: a Journal for Irish Housing Professionals, Autumn 2014.


Since the collapse of the property market in 2007, the reputation of the Irish construction industry has been in sharp decline. This is mainly due to poorly constructed homes, pyrite damage and breaches in the fire regulations which left homeowners in vulnerable positions and many with large bills for rectifying their properties of building defects. The most high-profile of these cases was the order of the High Court to evacuate Priory Hall in North Dublin, as a result of major defects to the fire proofing. The Government came under increasing pressure to ensure that the problems experienced by the residents of Priory Hall do not visit any future property owners.