Government is to outline its response next month

A Donegal TD believes a MICA redress scheme is the only option for MICA-affected homes and has called on the Government to ensure that it is introduced in the coming weeks.

Deputy Charlie McConalogue made the call after Minister Damien English stated in the Dáil that the Government is close to outlining its approach to the long-standing issue.

TD deputy Charlie McConalogue.

Deputy McConalogue said: “A redress scheme is the only viable option for homeowners affected by MICA.

"The Government has continually dragged its heels on this issue but it must step up to the mark and end this living nightmare for those affected, by introducing a redress scheme.

“Families are living in homes that are crumbling around them.

"Many have been forced to leave their houses because they are unsafe, while others have had no other option but to carry out works at huge expense.

"Despite receiving no support from government, the majority of these homeowners have continued to pay their mortgages, even though their homes have been deemed unliveable.

“The State has already set a precedent when it intervened for pyrite affected homes in the east of the country.

"We need to see a similar redress scheme established to compensate people whose homes have been affected by MICA. This saga has been ongoing for long enough, we need the government to take action at this point.

“Those affected will accept nothing less than a redress scheme and I will continue to press this with the Government on their behalf.”

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