Fears Homeowners In Clare Could Be ‘Left Behind’ Unless Defective Concrete Blocks Scheme Amended

Pyrite at Mary Hanley's house in Drumline. Photo: Clare FM

A Clare government representative fears homeowners in this county could be ‘left behind’ unless the Defective Concrete Blocks Scheme is amended.

It follows cross-party support for further time to be alloted to debate the details of the redress legislation.

The government’s revised MICA and defective concrete blocks redress scheme was debated in the Dáil yesterday afternoon.


The state hope to enact the Bill, which is in its second stage, before the Dáil’s Summer recess later this month.

However, a statment from homeowners in Clare, Limerick, Donegal, Mayo and Sligo, threatens further protests unless ‘immediate changes’ are made to the legislation.

A group comprising representatives from the five counties has proposed 80 amendments to the revised redress scheme and insist they will not support the legislation unless these changes are implemented.

Dr. Martina Cleary, Chair of Clare’s Pyrite Action Group insists the revised redress sceheme as it stands is merely ‘spin’.

Clare’s Fine Gael TD agrees that changes need to be made to the current redress scheme put forward by his government.

Clarecastle Deputy Joe Carey believes homeowners in this county must not be subjected to visual inspections alone, in order to qualify for compensation.

Deputy Carey says the extent of the damage caused by pyrite may not be as apparent as MICA.

The Housing Minister’s defending the government’s updated redress scheme though.

The 2.7 billion euro plan allows for a 100 percent grant, but it’s subject to value and square foot caps.

Minister Darragh O’Brien insists what’s being proposed is a “dramatic leap forward”.