20 homeowners in the Ballina area have been told they are not eligible for the pyrite and mica grant scheme.

They received letters from the county council yesterday confirming the move.

There are currently discussions underway on aspects of the scheme to cover work on homes affected by the defective block in Mayo and Donegal. 

Loren Devers, from Ballina told Midwest News that she and the 19 other homeowners are in complete shock with the decision.

Midwest News contacted Mayo County Council for comment on this matter and have received this response.

‘Mayo County Council administer the scheme on behalf the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage, adhering to the regulations and the guidelines issued by the Department in the administration of the Scheme.

Mayo County Council totally understand the stress and trauma that the householders have in relation to their homes affected, however, in a number of cases the applications did not meet the eligibility of the scheme.  

There is an appeals process available to applicants who were deemed ineligible for the scheme.

To date Mayo County Council has received 99 applications under this scheme of which 74 approvals have been granted.

5 Applications require further detail and in the case of 20 applicants we are unable to confirm eligibility under the scheme.

Mayo County Council are part of the DCB working group set up by the Minister to review the scheme under agreed Terms of Reference which is due to report by the end of July’.