The body representing chartered surveyors has welcomed the conviction of a 67-year-old Dublin man for misrepresenting himself as a building surveyor and an architect.
William 'Bill' Doran of St Mary's Road, Ballsbridge in Dublin 4 pleaded guilty to two charges of unlawfully using the title "architect" and a further charge of unlawfully using the title "building surveyor".
District Court Judge Marie Quirke noted that he had previously been convicted of misusing the title architect in 2015.
She fined him a total of €7,500 - €3,000 for each charge in relation to misrepresenting himself as an architect and €1,500 euro in relation to the third charge.
He was given 12 months to pay the fines.
The Society of Chartered Surveyors said it was its first prosecution and conviction under the 2007 act as the registration body for building surveyors and quantity surveyors.
The registrar of the SCSI said its primary concern was to ensure the protection of the public.
Gwen Wilson said the offences were very serious with potentially grave consequences for the public.
She said a person's home was usually their biggest asset and a home owner needed to have full confidence in the person engaged to work on it.
She said before engaging a building surveyor or quantity surveyor, consumers should always check the person was registered with the SCSI.
In a statement, the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland also welcomed the convictions.
Its registrar, Frank Turvey said the institute hoped they would be a deterrent to others who used the title architect in relation to their business to deliberately mislead members of the public as to their training and professional credentials.