Aha, you got the letter too did you?
Well done for committing to and progressing your Technical Assessment Submission.
I don't speak for the RIAI as you may know from reading my posts, but I strongly support Registration.
However I also support Competence and the one thing some RIAI lack is technical competence in terms of detailing - more Techs won't hurt!
Your Tech Assessment preparation will help you should matters proceed to Court, but I would not expect to see a rash of Court action any time soon.
This is a warning shot letter, designed to promote people coming forward to apply for Registration and to engage with the process - there is a very low take up.
Courts will normally be mindful of the cost factor in a recession, so long as you show you are not willfully ignoring the law or deliberately defying the Competent Authority.
If you haven't already done so I suggest you write a letter of acknowledgment to the Registrar/ the RIAI confirming receipt of their letter and stating where you are with your Technical Assessment.
As for being a "powerless subject of the state" in 2010 myself and one other helped bring in the "Building Control Amendment Bill 2010" which was receiving widespread cross-party support before the fall of the last government.
Teachta Dala's who said they would support it and who are currently part of the Government at this time are likely be called to account for their actions if any cases proceed to court.
Party leaders such as Eamon Gilmore who have been less than enthusiastic may well be singled out for exposure in the courts, press, online media and blogs.
There is a huge sense of incompetent officialdom (Dept of Finance) riding roughshod over people's rights at the moment (impending Budget) and a heavy handed court action could light a fire the RIAI could be burnt by.
I have never got that impression from any of my discussions with John Graby - he always gives the impression that prompting and consensus, not draconian measures, are his preferred methods - carrot and stick, as opposed to cannons.
Apart from that, any previous comments that the Minister of the day - then John Gormly - would be taking action are not support by the wording of the act - my understanding its the responsibility of the Statutory Body to initiate Court action, not the DOE.
The DOE has already said it will support Wicklow County Council in its €50 Million Clean up of the Whitestown Quarry in West Wicklow - that could corral any spare cash the DOE may have.
On the face of this the RIAI must take the case, yet they may not have a large war chest - for example the Architect's Benevolent Fund will be coming under huge strain this year.
As we know, taking legal action costs money, and all of the above suggests we should expect to see one or two "test" cases first, not a flood.
So don't go into a tailspin over the letter - continue with your preparation for the Technical Assessment and assume UP to face this!
Best of luck with it.