The Mica Action Group has called on each of Donegal’s County Councillors to travel to Dublin next Wednesday.
All 37 councillors have been asked to visit Leinster House to demand equal treatment for defective concrete block homeowners, who were left ‘astonished’ by the government’s newest 100% redress scheme for the owners of defective apartments.
As of yesterday, the group says 18 out of 37 councillors have answered their call to travel on the bus to Dublin on 8th February.
They confirmed that Cllr Martin Harley has responded to say he is unable to attend and that Cllr Frank McBrearty also said he will not attend and is “advocating other routes”.
“All homeowners victim to the regulatory failure of the State deserve equality in the full restoration of their homes,” says Lisa Hone, Chair of the Mica Action Group.
“We ask that all 37 Donegal County Councillors, no matter what their party-political affiliation, show solidarity with those affected and take this opportunity to demand equality of redress.”
In a letter to councillors, Ms Hone asked elected public representatives to deliver a clear and strong message to Government that all homeowners victim to the regulatory failure of the State deserve equality in the full restoration of their homes.
“We are glad for the apartment owners and tenants who need defects fixed to ensure their homes are safe and habitable. We are, however, astonished at the discriminatory treatment of those living in defective concrete homes,” she said.
“The fact that the wrong done to families in defective concrete homes comes at a higher price to restore than other defects in other types of homes should not penalise the homeowners – but that is effectively what Government is doing by the use of exclusions, caps, grant rates based on obsolete regulations and no scheme support and management structure.”