Deputy Noel Coonan has welcomed the passing of the Construction Contracts Bill which delivers on the Programme for Government’s commitment to introduce new legislation to protect small Tipperary building subcontractors who have been denied payments from bigger companies.
“I was contacted by numerous Tipperary sub-contractors who were seeking protection in the Bill. I lobbied Minister for Justice Alan Shatter and Minister of State Brian Hayes on this matter outlining the importance of such a clause for Tipperary businesses,” said Deputy Coonan.
“Now the Construction Contracts’ Bill, which passed final report stage in the Dáil this July, will alleviate issues of non-payment to construction sector contractors, subcontractors and sub-subcontractors who have completed work to the required standard on construction projects.”
“The Bill achieves this through providing statutory arrangements in relation to payments under construction contracts, including providing for interim payments. This will reduce a payee’s exposure to non-payment; and introducing a new mechanism for the swift resolution of payment disputes through a process of adjudication,” he said.
The Bill provides for a new statutory right to interim, periodic or stage payments, making clear when the payments become due, their amount and a final date for payment. It also provides for the prohibition of arrangements that make entitlement to payment conditional on certain events, and a new adjudication procedure to deal quickly with disputes about payments