GOVERNMENT IS DRAGGING ITS HEELS ON DODGY BLOCKS ISSUE – Mac LOCHLAINN

first_imgPádraig Mac Lochlainn TD has accused the Government of dragging their heels over Donegal’s Mica defective block crisis, affecting the homes of hundreds of families across the county.He raised his concerns directly with the Minister for the Environment, Alan Kelly on yesterdays edition of RTE’s “The Week In Politics.”It also followed responses from the Minister to parliamentary questions, whereby he refused to meet with a delegation from Donegal County Council and failed to confirm any progress on the establishment of an Independent Panel to investigate the matter as announced three months ago by Donegal Minister Joe McHugh. Deputy Mac Lochlainn said “I am seriously concerned that the Government are dragging their heels and that vital time is being lost for families across Donegal, seeking a resolution to what is a nightmare for them. There are families across Donegal literally living in fear of the gable collapsing or the roof collapsing around them.“They purchased these blocks or purchased homes with these blocks in good faith. They have been profoundly failed by an absence of State regulation and they cannot be abandoned. In Dublin and North Leinster, families devastated by the Pyrite defect which led to pyritic heave in hardcore under the floor slabs in their homes now rightly have support through the Pyrite Resolution Scheme and Board. We need a similar scheme for affected families in Donegal”.He continued “Thanks to the determined efforts of my colleagues Cllrs Albert Doherty and Mick Quinn, supported by other councillors, Donegal County Council have confirmed the presence of Mica in the Council’s housing stock in preliminary results to their tests.”He added he understand that these investigations and tests are ongoing across the county. “A delegation from Donegal County Council now want to meet the Minister. I am disappointed and concerned with his refusal to do so. He needs to reverse this decision.“I am also concerned with the Minister’s failure to confirm progress on the establishment of an Independent Panel to investigate Mica as was the case with the Pyrite crisis at the time. Three months ago, Donegal Minister Joe McHugh announced the establishment of a panel and this was then welcomed by the Mica Action Group and myself. What has happened since that announcement?“The only confirmation I can get is that the Minister’s Department are preparing a “technical report”. Three months ago, Minister of State Paudie Coffey advised me of the same when I raised this on the floor of the Dáil. Three months wasted.“This is a real crisis for hundreds of families across Donegal. Some have been forced to leave their homes. The Government need to stop dragging their heels and immediately progress towards a Mica Redress Scheme and Board. Families in Donegal need the same protection and support as families in Dublin City and North Leinster”.GOVERNMENT IS DRAGGING ITS HEELS ON DODGY BLOCKS ISSUE – Mac LOCHLAINN was last modified: October 5th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img

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