Local Fianna Fáil TD, Darragh O’Brien has once again raised the shortcomings of the Government’s Pyrite Remediation Scheme and 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.
“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.
“It has never been more apparent that the whole issue of pyrite should be revised to overhaul a remediation scheme that is wholly unfit for purpose.
“I have been raising the importance of a comprehensive review of the pyrite scheme for some time now and my party and I have long been committed to expanding the Pyrite Remediation Scheme so that all homeowners affected by pyrite can have their homes fixed should their insurers not pay.
“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,” pointed out the Deputy.