NINE Laois firms have been approved for the construction industry’s quality mark.
The companies are Carroll O’Keeffe & Co, Clonaslee; Coir Infrastructure, Mountrath; Droughill Builders, Portarlington; Garoon Construction, Mountmellick. JS Dooley Contracting, Portlaoise; John Fletcher, Portarlington; Oldtown Construction, Rathdowney; Killeen Civil Engineering, Portlaoise; and Thomas Kelly & Sons, Castletown.
With more than 45,000 construction companies in Ireland, the nine Laois-based firms joined 850 others on the Construction Industry Register of Ireland (CIRI) who have been approved by an independent board of experts.
CIRI spokesperson Lorraine Hosty said: “The consumer knows if a contractor or builder is on the CIRI register that they have passed rigorous examination of their financial, administrative and construction competence.
“In other words, the consumer should keep an eye out for the CIRI mark when they are considering home renovation or new build or looking for specialist contractors or tradespeople to carry out construction work.
“From the builder’s perspective, the CIRI mark is useful when trying to secure work. CIRI is now gaining momentum with public and private sector clients and is often sought as a competency standard during the procurement process.”
Chairperson of CIRI Aidan O’Connor said: “CIRI has an extensive system of checking contractors to make sure that locals are hiring a reputable worker that they can trust. Not only does CIRI check the basic requirements regarding insurance, health and safety and financials, it also looks for project references, qualifications and experience of key personnel.
“When you choose a CIRI-approved contractor, you know you are choosing someone who is capable of carrying out the work.”