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Thursday, 1 October 2020

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Building Regulations

I thank the Deputy for raising this issue and for presenting such a poignant case in relation to Sophia and her family. As the matter stands, new buildings and extensions of material alterations t...More Button

The requirements of Part M aim to ensure that regardless of aim, size or disability, new buildings other than dwellings are accessible and usable; extensions to existing buildings other than dwel...More Button

Building Regulations (Continued)

While the latest iteration of Part M of the building regulations initially coincided with the general downturn in economic and construction activity, its positive effects on access and use in the b...More Button

The Minister and I will give full consideration to a review in respect of the provision for what is called changing places, commonly known as the changing places toilet, in certain buildings. Th...More Button

Separately, it is open to any person who feels discriminated against to refer a discrimination complaint to the equality tribunal under the Equal Status Acts 2000 to 2018 which prohibit discrimin...More Button

The Deputy has our commitment that we will look at setting up a departmental working group for this matter, which I think is the next logical step. I agree with the Deputy. There are 187 such fac...More Button

The accompanying technical guidance document to Part M of the building regulations, dealing with its access and use, came into effect on 1 January 2012. It sets out the minimum statutory require...More Button

Part M of the building regulations aims to foster an inclusive approach to the design and construction of the built environment, and while Part M requirements may be regarded as a statutory minim...More Button

Our Department will look at the possibility of setting up a departmental working group to examine this issue and the required changes under Part M. The Deputy is Chair of the Joint Committee on ...More Button