• A draft plan for a pyrite remediation scheme will go before a meeting of the cabinet in January.

    That’s according to Mayo Fine Gael Senator Michelle Mulherin, who raised the matter with Minister Damien English this week.

    A pyrite remediation scheme was confirmed by Government in October and Senator Mulherin says the Minister told her that a draft scheme has been drawn up.

    That draft will go before cabinet in January for any amendments or changes required and approval.

    Senator Mulherin says that once the scheme has been approved, it will be put in place almost immediately.

  • An Erris homeowner whose house is severely affected by pyrite feels announcement of pilot remediation project is nothing short of a joke.

    Yesterday it was announced on Evening Edition that the Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy has given the go-ahead for a pilot remediation project in North Mayo, as part of ongoing efforts to try and find a solution to the issue of pyrite in concrete blocks in a number of Mayo homes.

    Michael Healy whose house in Corclough has been among the worst cases of pyrite was told previously that the whole house has to be demolished.

    Mr. Healy says yesterday’s announcement of an experimental pilot project which will see the outer leaf removed of a house and replaced is ten steps backwards.

  • There's good news in today's Budget for hundreds of householders in Co Mayo whose homes have been damaged by pyrite in the blockwork.

    The Government has signed off in principle on a grant aid scheme to assess and repair homes in Mayo affected by pyrite.

    An expert report was published last year which revealed that up to 400 homes across the county were affected by pyrite damage-  particularly in north and west Mayo.

    Mayo FG Senator Michelle Mulherin, who has been campaigning for some time for a compensation scheme for the private homeowners affected, has welcomed the news in today's Budget that a Concrete Blockwork Scheme is to be established, and money will be provided from next year to assist homeowners carry out remedial works.

  • 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....

  • The Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy has given the go-ahead for a pilot remediation project in north Mayo, as part of the ongoing work to try and find a solution to the issue of pyrite in concrete blocks in a number of Mayo homes.

    Minister of State Damien English met with a number of homeowners in Mayo earlier this year, and said a pyrite remediation scheme is a top priority for him.

    Minster Eoghan Murphy has now confirmed that an experimental pilot project will be carried out on a social housing unit in Carrowtigue, which will have its outer leaf removed and replaced.

    Mayo Fine Gael Senator Michelle Mulherin says this is a important step forward in finding a solution to the issue for Mayo householders whose homes are affected by pyrite in the blockwork.

  • Mayo Senator Rose Conway-Walsh is calling on Fine Gael representatives in Mayo to apply pressure to their Cabinet colleagues to sign off on the pyrite redress scheme, as she says time is of the essence in order to facilitate necessary repairs.

    The Sinn Fein Senator says that, with the onset of spring and summer, the only opportunity that householders have to arrange for necessary repairs to be carried out is fast approaching, as complex external structural work can only be completed in relatively good weather.

    Senator Conway Walsh says many houses around Co Mayo are in a precarious state due to pyrite damage, and the homeowners need to know when the redress scheme will be made available, so they can plan the necessary repairs.



  • Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy is making a case to Minister Donohue for the inclusion of funding for a pyrite remediation scheme in Budget 2019.

    That was confirmed to Mayo Fine Gael Senator Michelle Mulherin.

    Senator Mulherin had a meeting with Minister Murphy last Friday, during which she asked him to allocate funding in the forthcoming Budget to establish a Pyrite Remediation Scheme to provide financial assistance for affected homeowners in Mayo.

    She said that she is pleased to confirm that the Minister is very sympathetic to the plight of homeowners and is making a case to Minister Paschal Donohue for it to be included in Budget 2019.


    A new protocol in assessing damage to properties containing mica or pyrite could be in the pipeline.

    The National Standards Authority of Ireland is inviting homeowners, engineers and other technical experts to give their views on the new draft assessment for concrete blocks.

    A report last year recommended that new protocols be set up, after it was revealed that up to 5,000 homes in counties Mayo and Donegal were built using defective blocks.