The European Parliament petitions committee yesterday presented its draft report on its fact finding mission to Donegal last October to look at the impact of the defective concrete blocks situation.

The report was discussed at the petitions committee in Brussels.

It contains six recommendations to local and national authorities of Ireland and to the European Commission.

Local MEP Luke Flanagan says the report pulls no punches. It says the Irish state has let people down in a manner which is totally unacceptable and goes on to outline the “severe health, financial and social consequences “ of the mica/ pyrite block scandal and insists that the state must engage proactively on market surveillance in order that “this never happens again.”

It also calls on the Enhanced Defective Blocks Grant Scheme to be enhanced in order to address the concerns expressed by homeowners, widening its scope, reducing red tape, speeding up the progress of the process and involving financial institutions.

Midwest News Editor Teresa O’Malley asked MEP Flanagan what authority / power has any report by the European Parliament petitions committee on what happens here for the homeowners affected….



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