The Dail adopted a Sinn Féin motion last night, calling for a 100pc redress scheme for homeowners affected by pyrite and mica, as the Government did not oppose the motion.

Earlier yesterday, thousands of people gathered in Dublin for a protest demanding a 100pc redress scheme - many of those had travelled from Mayo.

The existing redress scheme is a 90pc-10pc split, with the homeowner paying 10pc of the cost of repairing or rebuilding the home but it has been widely criticised, and the Government has accepted that, in most cases, more than 10pc of the cost is falling on homeowners. 

This is due to a number of reasons, including those affected having to rent other accommodation while their home is being repaired or rebuilt. 

It has been estimated that around 4,500 to 5,000 homes could be affected by the damage, with Housing Minister Darragh O’Brien expecting the scheme to cost up to €1.5bn.

 

The Taoiseach said it was devastating for homeowners, and said the Government would do everything it possible can to help owners, by refining, amending and changing the pyrite remediation scheme, in consultation with the Mica Action Group.

Mr Martin told the Dail that a 6-week consultation process will get underway, involving the action group, representatives of the different counties, local authorities and the Department of Housing to iron out issues with the scheme.

Speaking to Midwest News ahead of the Dáil debate last night, Mayo Fianna Fail TD Dara Calleary said 100% redress is just part of what's needed, but there are other problems with the current scheme - which is only available to homeowners in Mayo and Donegal at present....

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