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Given the seriousness of the situation facing the Architectural profession and the fact this this is not new ground, I think it is as well that we all face known facts.

This is the Priory Hall Report

Before Priory Hall there there was Shangan Hall.
The building was commissioned by Dublin City Council.
Shangan Hall Apartments were certified by Anthony Reddy & Associates in 2005.

Prime Time
Presented by Rita O’Reilly
Broadcast on: 22 May 2006

The Section on Shangan Hall starts at timestamp 38:50 – it finshes at 48:28 and I draw your attention to the section commencing at 44:14

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Tony Reddy’s comment was
“I wasn’t personally involved in the design.”
Tony Reddy was President of the RIAI in 2005 and is a current fellow of the RIAI.

I have met Tony on several occasions.
He is one of the nicest men you could meet.
His office in Dublin has done some interesting design work.
Yet we see him mired in controversy in the above Prime Time Report.

What message do Shangan Hall and Priory Hall send to the public and the Minister?
Here are Phil Hogan’s comments as previously reported

Here is a view on his comments.

I agree that the current regulatory situation can be improved, but this does justify architects who may have issued Opinions at variance with the facts.

The RIAI have to step up to the mark on this one.

For those who may be interested, there is also an ongoing discussion on Mark Stephens Archtiect’s Blog about Priory Hall and Architects Certification.

I have no relation or professional connection to Mark Stephens other than we may both be Member of the Architectural Association of Ireland, but I’m not certain.


All advice on AAM is remote from the situation and cannot be relied upon as a defence or support – in and of itself – should legal action be taken.
Competent legal and building professionals should be asked to advise in Real Life with rights to inspect and issue reports on the matters at hand.

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