There's good news for householders in Mayo whose homes have been affected by pyrite damage.

The Government has agreed to provide €20 million euro this year for a scheme to repair homes affected by pyrite and mica in Mayo and Donegal.

Some 350 homes in Mayo are affected by pyrite - some with serious structural damage.

Last October, the Government agreed in principle to a grant aid scheme to assess and repair the damage, and at yesterday's Cabinet meeting, it was agreed to provide €20 million from central Government funds this year to repair homes.

That's according to Mayo-based Minister for Rural & Community Affairs Michael Ring, who says the worst-hit homes will be repaired first under the scheme....

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