The Attorney General is working on mechanisms to penalise quarries and other parties who are responsible for the Mica crisis, the Housing Minister has said.
Speaking today, Housing Minister Darragh O’Brien said the Attorney General Paul Gallagher SC is working extensively on ways to hold stakeholders who are liable to account.
“I believe those that are responsible should contribute towards remediation and can contribute towards it,” Mr O’Brien told the Dáil.
The Minister said he has engaged the attorney general “intensively” on the matter.
“He (the AG) is working on mechanisms to ensure that wrongdoing and liability on the part of quarries and other parties are fully penalised,” Minister O’Brien said.
The statute of limitations must also be considered, the Minister said.
“We’ve also engaged a senior engineer to issue a report on the scheme and included in that is identifying and pursuing wrongdoing in this area,” he said.
“Minister, you have it in your power today to bring an end to the families’ agony,” said Donegal Sinn Féin Deputy Padraig Mac Lochlainn.
“You can tell them that they do not need to come to Dublin, that they will have 100% redress.”
A major protest is to be held in Dublin City Centre on Friday at noon, with thousands of people due to travel to the capital to reiterate their calls for 100% redress and parity with the Pyrite scheme.