Thomas Pringle TD

Further delays on MICA Redress Scheme implementation – Pringle

 

Thomas Pringle TD – June 11th, 2019

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Independent TD for Donegal Thomas Pringle raised the issue in the Dáil of further delays on the implementation of the Mica Redress Scheme for homeowners affected by Mica in Donegal.

Speaking in the Dáil Deputy Pringle questioned the Minister for Housing why only €20 million was allocated for the redress scheme and why terms and conditions of the scheme have not yet been drafted.

“It’s questionable whether this amount of funding will cover the remediation costs for those affected by Mica especially now that homeowners have been waiting years for Government commitment on a scheme and are due to wait more now that the terms and conditions of the scheme are still not yet finalised.

“It’s time for the waiting to end and for the terms and conditions of the scheme to be established with Donegal County Council. Homeowners can’t be expected to wait any longer and certainly can’t afford to – the longer they wait the more their homes deteriorate and the more expensive remediation will be.

“I’m also disappointed that the Government has committed to only 90% of the funding of remediation works leaving the homeowner to pay the balance. However, I know there are many that I have met on the campaign trail who would not be able to afford the balance especially if waiting longer for the scheme to start up means more deterioration on their home. The Government committed to 100% funding of remediation costs for homeowners affected by Mica in North Leinster and I believe it should be no different for those in Donegal.

“I will continue to raise questions on this issue until we see some movement on the drafting of terms and conditions which are needed if homeowners are to get much needed remediation work carried out. This debacle has caused enough grief but a Redress Scheme should not be the cause of more” concludes Pringle.

 

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