A new video project is shining a light on the serious fears that many Mica homeowners live with every day.
‘The Homes of Donegal’ is a shocking slideshow of images and videos of crumbling homes in the county. A voiceover by Buncrana woman Coreen Robinson describes how the defective blocks have caused broken communities and countless sleepless nights.
The video features contributions from families across the county as part of the MICA The Bigger Picture Project 2021
In the video, Coreen speaks for families and individuals by saying the government scheme is not ‘workable’ or ‘fair’, and she calls for an adjusted scheme that “does not punish homeowners for having a house built with defective blocks”.
The Mica Redress Scheme in Donegal provides a 90% grant towards the cost of refurbishment or reconstruction of homes affected by MICA. The video states that homeowners have been left worrying about how to pay for assessment reports, never mind the repairs.
“This does not have to be how this story ends. We can write our own ending,” says Coreen, as she encourages people to speak up about how the tragedy is affecting them and to contact local representatives to keep the issue to the fore.
Speaking to Donegal Daily, Coreen said the project was about giving victims a voice.
“As a MICA victim whose home has been condemned I felt it necessary to do something pro active,” she said.
“I had the idea to create a pictorial account of houses in 2021 to use as a tool to highlight our plight and hopefully improve the scheme we have been offered.
“I also felt it was important for other home owners to share their homes and show the world the conditions they’re living in.
“Everyone feels so helpless and I hoped it would help victims feel like they had a voice.”
Commenting on the video, Inishowen Cllr Jack Murray said: “It’s clear that the scheme, as it stands, is inadequate and leaves so many people in limbo as their homes continue to literally crumble around them.
“Homeowners need a redress to cover all necessary works in full.”