Deputy Charlie McConalogue has criticised the government for repeatedly delaying the roll-out of a MICA redress scheme.
The Inishowen TD says he has been arguing for a scheme for a number of years but successive Ministers have failed to announce a compensation package for affected homeowners.
Responding to questions from Deputy McConalogue in the Dáil last week, Minister Damien English claimed that the government intends on clarifying its position by the end of May/June.
He says this is despite a previous commitment that a decision would be taken by April.
“The government has been aware of this serious issue for years and has been promising action on this issue for almost as long. Ministers’ attitudes towards those living in MICA affected homes has been unacceptable and it is long past time home-owners wait for redress scheme was brought to an end,” said Deputy McConalogue.
“A clear commitment was given by Minister English that he would make a decision on a redress scheme and report back by the end of April; yet he confirmed in the Dáil this week that this latest deadline would not be met. This further delay is another disappointment for those living in MICA affected homes.
“These families need to be supported by their government. A redress scheme is the only way to achieve that. The constant delays are frustrating and disappointing for those living in MICA affected homes, and are a reminder of Fine Gael’s complete lack of interest in helping those who need it most. I will be continuing to pursue the Government on this issue in order to get a redress scheme established for these homeowners”.