In the same week that the occupiers of Priory Hall discovered that building standards had been completely flouted, the Central Bank announced a revised Consumer Protection Codes.

It will be little consolation to the beleaguered Priory Hall residents that the way mortgages will be sold in the future will be improved – this time, with due regard to suitability and affordability.

But it might help prevent someone else from paying far more than they can afford for an overpriced, shabbily built apartment or house.

I say ‘might’ because no amount of stricter regulations or codes will prevent outright fraud if an individual builder or lender/broker is determined to rip you off.