Demolition of some ‘Mica’ homes to start soon

written by Cronan Scanlon February 18, 2021

A young Inishowen couple have been granted permission to demolish their Mica infected home and replace it with a new one.

Donegal County Council planners this week gave the go-ahead to the pair to raze their house near Moville.

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According to planning documents submitted with the application, the couple has been approved under the council’s Mica Address Scheme.

It is believed the demolition application is one of the first to come before the council. However, a similar planning notice appeared in this week’s Inishowen Independent from another Inishowen couple, this time in the Buncrana area.

Thousands of homes across Donegal are believed to have been affected.

Last August, The Defective Concrete Blocks Grant Scheme for Donegal and Mayo was launched in Buncrana.

The scheme will assist homeowners whose dwellings are affected by Mica and Pyrite in both counties.

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The government committed to provide up to 90% redress – to a maximum of €275,000 – towards homeowners in the worst affected homes.

However, concern was raised by the Mica Action Group (MAG) that many homeowners would be unable to come up with the 10 per cent matching funding.


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