A number of Church leaders have got involved in the pyrite controversy, and are calling on Government to provide 100% redress for the thousands of people whose homes have been affected by pyrite and mica.
It comes as a working group set up to examine the compensation scheme is due to report back to Government shortly.
In this latest development, the Catholic Bishops of Killala, Elphin, Derry, Raphoe and Achonry along with the Church of Ireland Bishops in Tuam, Killala & Achonry, in Elphin and in Derry & Raphoe and the Presbyterian Moderator of Derry and Donegal have come together to issue a statement, calling on the Irish Government to offer full and immediate redress to the thousands of people whose homes have been affected by pyrite and mica damage, after defective blocks were used in their construction.
The Church leaders say immediate action is needed to alleviate this crisis, which is affecting the health, well-being and safety of homeowners and their families.
Some of the Bishops have visited homes affected by this damage, and say their foremost concern now is getting support for these families.
They also point out the disparity in the way people are being treated - as homeowners in Dublin were awarded 100% redress for pyrite problems there, and say the people of Mayo, Donegal, Sligo, Tipperary, Clare and Limerick deserve no less, as this is a matter of fairness, justice and compassion.
The scheme currently on offer would involve homeowners paying 10% of the remediation costs, although campaigners are insisting on a 100% redress scheme as well as a 40-year, State-backed scheme guaranteeing full redress in the event of future problems.
The Church leaders say the homeowners are not to blame, and as the cost of repairing the damage is beyond the means of most families, the State must now help these vulnerable people and end the anguish and uncertainty for all affected by pyrite or mica in their homes.