Fianna Fáil Environment Spokesperson Barry Cowen has called for a comprehensive response from Environment Minister Phil Hogan to the report from the pyrite review panel.
Speaking following a meeting of the Oireachtas Environment Committee today (24 July 2012), Deputy Cowen said the Government must use its teeth to ensure that those who have failed homeowners effected by pyrite are held to account.
“The Government’s response to this crisis has been totally inadequate and it is high time for Minister Hogan to step up to the mark on this issue,” said Deputy Cowen.
“Minister Hogan’s answer so far has been to bring the stakeholders together on a voluntary basis and ‘hope’ that they come to a resolution for people whose homes have been left valueless by pyrite. This is simply not good enough. I am calling on Minister Hogan to set a strict timeline of negotiations and to compel all the relevant stakeholders to attend.
“Minister Hogan must provide a comprehensive response to this report and outline if he will bring forward legislation providing financial support for the homeowners affected. Without a strong response from the Government, I am concerned that this report does not go far enough.”