We were delighted to be asked by the Examiner newspaper to comment on the law around rogue traders and cowboy builders:

Many who run into difficulty with rip-off merchants fail to report them to gardaí, wrongly believing their wrongdoing to be of a civil rather than a criminal nature.

“We have to differentiate between what’s a criminal matter and what’s a civil matter,” says Cian Moriarty, solicitor with Cork-based law firm Fachtna O’Driscoll.


“If the guy calling to the door distracts the homeowner while an accomplice breaks into the house, that’s a criminal matter. If the work done is shoddy or faulty, that’s a civil matter and the homeowner can sue for breach of contract.”

You can read the whole article by clicking on this link – The tools to tackle rogue traders

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