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Sinn Féin welcomes publication of Regulatory Impact Analysis of Construction Contracts Bill

27 September, 2011 - by Mary Lou McDonald TD

Sinn Féin public expenditure and reform spokesperson Mary Lou McDonald TD has welcomed the publication of the Regulatory Impact Analysis of the Construction Contracts Bill.

Deputy McDonald however, has said that there are questions to be answered by Minister of State Brian Hayes on the reports failure to deal with the Suspension Limit as set out in the legislation.

Deputy McDonald said:

“During a meeting with the Minister in June of this year, myself and various stakeholders from the industry outlined a number of amendments we believed needed to be made to the Construction Contracts Bill.

“In a welcome development the Regulatory Impact Analysis of the Construction Contracts Bill, published today, proposes to remove the minimum monetary thresholds for both the private and public sector. It also recommends making adjudications binding regardless of whether the dispute goes to arbitration or not. Extending the scope of the Bill to include goods and services, particularly those manufactured for a project is another positive development.

“However the Regulatory Impact Analysis does not deal with concerns raised on the Suspension Limit as currently set out in the legislation. The right to suspend work for non-payment cannot be time restricted and a limit of two weeks will not act as a sufficient deterrent for rogue employers. I have today written to Minister of State Brian Hayes asking him to clarify the Government’s position on this matter.”

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