Councillors in Inishowen agreed at this week’s Municipal District meeting to contact Government representatives and urge a commitment to the MICA Redress scheme.
Councillors are set to contact the Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, the Minister of Housing ,Planning and Local Government Eoghan Murphy, Minister of State for Housing Mr.Damien English and local Minister and Government Chief Whip Mr.Joe McHugh.
The Inishowen representatives want a commitment now to the introduction of a Redress scheme for affected householders and the inclusion in Budget 2019 when it is announced in October later this year of the first significant tranche of Government funding support to address the blight of families in Donegal.
The motion was proposed by Carndonagh SF Councillor Albert Doherty and received the unanimous support of all the Inishowen MD Councillors.
Commenting on the motion, Councillor Doherty welcomed the very recent publication by NSAI of the draft I.S.465 which outlines a protocol which will be used to assess and categorise damage in properties where the concrete blocks are suspected to contain the minerals MICA and Pyrite.
He encouraged all homeowners engineers, technical experts and everyone affected by this issue to visit nsai.ie and have their say on the “Your Standard” ” Your Say” portal over the next few weeks.
He reminded all that the consultation period ends on July 18th.
“The expert panel the concrete blocks technical committee and the significant devotion ,effort commitment of the MICA Action Group and the resolute people of Donegal has brought all thus far in the assessment of damages caused pursuit of a Redress scheme for householders,” he said.
“It is timely and appropriate now for the government to commit to the introduction of a redress scheme in principle now and to ensure that Budget 2019 delivers the first tranche of financial support to address the issue.”Tags: