Pyrite scheme ‘wholly un­fit for pur­pose’ says Fin­gal TD

Fingal Independent - - NEWS - By JOHN MAN­NING

THE Pyrite Re­me­di­a­tion Scheme has been de­clared ‘wholly un­fit for pur­pose’ by a lo­cal TD who said that hun­dreds of fam­i­lies in Fin­gal are be­ing ‘ left in limbo’ by be­ing ex­cluded from the scheme.

Lo­cal Fianna Fáil TD, Dar­ragh O’brien has once again raised the short­com­ings of the Gov­ern­ment’s Pyrite Re­me­di­a­tion Scheme and what he called ‘its fail­ure to sup­port hun­dreds of fam­i­lies in Fin­gal that con­tinue to be left in limbo’.

In fig­ures re­ceived by the Deputy through Par­lia­men­tary Ques­tion, not a sin­gle af­fected dwelling or home has been ap­proved for in­clu­sion in the Pyrite Re­me­dial Scheme un­der the ‘ex­cep­tional cir­cum­stances clause’, since its in­cep­tion.

Com­ment­ing on the fig­ures, Deputy O’brien said, ‘Over 70,000 home­own­ers na­tion­wide are left af­fected by pyrite, many of which are find­ing it in­creas­ingly dif­fi­cult and even im­pos­si­ble to sell their pyrite in­fected prop­er­ties. It had been hoped that long over-due changes to stan­dards for pyrite af­fected prop­erty would pro­vide home own­ers with more cer­tainty and sup­port to rem­edy a sit­u­a­tion that has been taken en­tirely out of their hands.

‘Sadly, the fig­ures I have re­ceived from the Min­is­ter for Hous­ing this month in­di­cate that the Gov­ern­ment’s Pyrite Re­me­di­a­tion Scheme con­tin­ues to fail so many se­verely af­fected home­own­ers.’

Deputy O’brien added: ‘ The ma­jor­ity of homes af­fected across the east coast do not qual­ify for the re­me­dial scheme un­der the lim­ited scale drawn up by the Pyrite Res­o­lu­tion Board. Those who don’t meet the cri­te­ria must also be catered for and pro­tected. Th­ese stan­dards have made no real im­prove­ment what­so­ever and this lat­est in­for­ma­tion is fur­ther proof that the Pyrite Re­me­di­a­tion Scheme is grossly in­ad­e­quate.’

Deputy O’brien con­cluded: ‘It is time for the Gov­ern­ment to do more to sup­port the thou­sands of fam­i­lies across the North County who have been left in limbo.’

Houses across Fin­gal have been af­fected by pyrite.

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