Minister for Housing Simon Coveney is to appoint solicitor Rory O’Donnell to the Appeals Committee of the Construction Industry Register Ireland (CIRI).
O’Donnell is one of the best-known property lawyers in Ireland and has been involved in some of the highest profile and most complex property transactions in the state in the last two decades.
A qualified solicitor, O’Donnell is a former president of the Dublin Solicitors Bar Association, a former vice-president of the Law Society and a consultant to the Law Society’s Conveyancing Committee.
In 2014 he was the main author of the Law Society Practice note ‘Update on Building Control (Amendment) Regulations 2014.
O’Donnell is described by Chambers Global, which ranks law firms and lawyers worldwide, as “one of the most respected senior figures in the Irish property market.” He currently works as a consultant with international law firm Eversheds.
Minister Coveney confirmed the appointment in a letter to Michael Stone, President of the Construction Industry Federation, which has been seen by Construction Network Ireland.
In the letter, the Minister said that he believed that “registration of contractors is a key priority of Government” and that the move to a statutory register of building contractors was a critically important step in “restoring public confidence in the construction industry”.
It is believed that the process for establishing a mandatory register of building contractors will start before the end of the year, with a Draft Bill referred to the Oireachtas Committee on Housing before the end of the year.