Man with no qualifications carried out dodgy gas and electrical work at Dublin house

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An unqualified electrician and gas fitter has been spared a jail sentence for carrying out dangerous work at a house in Dublin.

Tradesman Noel Perrin, 63, of Tymon Lawn, Old Bawn, Tallaght, Dublin was fined €300 after he was prosecuted by the Commission for Energy Regulation (CER) in connection with works he did in a house at Rutland Avenue, Crumlin, Dublin from August 2015 until April last year.

He had pleaded guilty to doing the work without being an registered gas installer or electrical contractor, and describing himself in a manner likely to suggest he was qualified.

Shane Reynolds, for CER, had told Judge John Brennan at Dublin District Court that the owner of the house contacted a builder to carry out upgrades at her home. The work was subcontracted to Perrin, who did the gas and electrical work without being qualified.

The work was found to be so unsafe that Gas Networks Ireland would not fit a gas meter, Mr Reynolds said. The electrical work was also found to be unsafe as well, he added.

The offence can result in a fine of €5,000 per offence, as well as a possible six-month jail sentence.

The court noted he had paid €3,000 in compensation to the home owner, who had to hire a qualified tradesman take over the job.